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Chrysanthemum Pyrethrum, Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium

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Approx: 20 seeds

The natural insecticide pyrethrum is processed from a Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, a multi stemmed member of the chrysanthemum family. Over the years, C. cinerariaefolium became so famous for the botanical insecticide it yields that many people simply call the plant itself “pyrethrum,” rather than its common name of Dalmatian Chrysanthemum. One Dalmatian Chrysanthemum can yield up to 100 flowers during the growing season. The perennial flower grows about 30 inches tall, and features multiple stems, each bearing a single, daisy-like flower with flat yellow centers and white petals. The stems and leaves resemble yarrow’s foliage, with their lacy silhouette, gray-silver coloring and strong medicinal scent.

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The white Chrysanthemum flower, pyrethrum, is mentioned in early Chinese history and it is believed to have passed into Europe along the silk routes. However, the species of the plant was unknown, so for convenience the history of pyrethrum usually starts with the mention in 1847 of the identified species Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium found growing in Dalmatia.

Days to Germination: 14-21

Perennial. Full sun. Well drained soil.

Keep away: Lettuce

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