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    Pyrethrum
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    ZONE: 4 - 9
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun
    SIZE: 30" H x 18"S
    BLOOM: White with yellow center, Summer - Fall
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Description Briscoe's Tips
     
    Tanacetum cinerariifolium

    Pyrethrums are beautiful white and yellow bloomers with an upright habit that are related to Tansy, Feverfew and Chrysanthemums.. Single, daisy-like blooms adorn blue-green feathery foliage and make great additions to cut or dried bouquets.

    This plant's value goes well beyond its beauty, as it is a major source for an all natural insecticide. Deemed safe to humans, the flowers are potent sources of Pyrethrin, a naturally occurring insect repellent and pesticide. When dried flowers are added to water, the mixture is safe enough even for food crops, or when left dried, can be burned as a mosquito repellent. The chemical attacks the nervous system of various insects, rendering them lifeless. In smaller doses, it works merely to keep them away rather than kill them. Enhanced by cool temperatures, Pyrethrin can be kept in storage in powder form for years and remain potent.

    Because of their ability to repel insects and pests, Pyrethrums make excellent companion plants, especially when growing fruits and vegetables. Some people with severe sensitivities can have allergic reactions to Pyrethrums, and these beautiful perennials should never be planted near fish ponds, as they are highly toxic to fish.
    Features
    Zones: Perennial in zones 4 - 9

    Size: 30"H x 18"S

    Light: Full sun

    Bloom: White with a yellow center, blooms during the Summer

    Uses: Pyrethrums are beautiful daisy-like flowers that contain an all natural insecticide called Pyrethrin. Dried flowers can be mixed with water to create a safe bug spray, or can be burned to repel mosquitoes.

    Tips: The inherent chemical, Pyrethrin is highly toxic to fish and should not be planted near fish ponds.

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