Achillea ptarmica

Sneezeweed, Sneezewort

In Stock: 0.16 lb (Total:0.16lb)
  • Achillea ptarmica

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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: none required
Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist

Achillea ptarmica has many common names - Sneezeweed, European Pellitory, Fair-maid-of-France, Goose Tongue, Sneezewort Yarrow, Wild Pellitory, or White Tansy. It is a hardy and drought-tolerant herbaceous perennial flowering plant that originates from Europe but has been naturalized in scattered locations in North America. It has loose clusters of showy white flower heads that bloom from June to August, and its dark green leaves have finely toothed margins. The name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptairo (=sneeze), as the dried and powdered leaves were once used as a snuff. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and are also used as an insect repellent. Achillea ptarmica yields an essential oil that is used in herbal medicine. This plant prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soil and is tolerant of maritime exposure. However, it should be noted that the plant is poisonous to cattle, sheep, and horses. Symptoms of poisoning include fever, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, weight loss, drooling, spasms and loss of muscular control, and convulsions.

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