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Achillea ptarmica

Sneezewort

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.3m to 1.25m
  • Spread0.6m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Achillea ptarmica (Sneezewort). This species has loose clusters of white flowers with cream centres like daisies. The foliage is comprised of dark green, lance-shaped leaves with finely toothed edges. The species name 'ptarmica' comes from the Greek word 'ptairo' meaning 'sneeze' so the name means 'causes sneezing'.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

North Temperate Zone

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, dried arrangements, borders. Leaves are edible. The roots are used in traditional herbal medicine in a tea to treat toothache, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea and intestinal gas, amongst other things.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It will grow better in full sun and will tolerate a little light shade. It might need some staking if it has heavy blooms. This is a vigorous spreader.

Propagation

By seed or by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew is common and aphids may be a problem.

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