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Achillea ptarmica - L.

Common Name Sneeze-Wort, Sneezeweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp meadows, marshes and by streams[17].
Range Europe, including Britain but excluding the Mediterranean, east to Siberia and W. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Achillea ptarmica Sneeze-Wort, Sneezeweed


Achillea ptarmica Sneeze-Wort, Sneezeweed
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Achillea ptarmica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[17, 105, 177]. Used as a flavouring in salads[172].

Medicinal Uses

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Antidiarrhoeal  Antiemetic  Antiflatulent  Antirheumatic  Appetizer  Cardiac  Diaphoretic  Digestive  
Emmenagogue  Miscellany  Odontalgic  Sternutatory  Styptic

Cardiac, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, odontalgic, sternutatory, styptic[46, 172]. The leaf is chewed to relieve toothache[207].

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Other Uses

Essential  Hair  Miscellany  Repellent

The dried, powdered leaves are used as a sneezing powder[61, 100]. Yields an essential oil that is used medicinally[100]. The report does not say what part of the plant the oil is obtained from, it is most likely to be the leaves harvested just before flowering[K]. The leaves are used as an insect repellent[172].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen. Succeeds in most soils but prefers a moist well-drained soil in a sunny position[1, 187]. Plants also succeed in partial shade[187]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. They live longer when growing in a poor soil[200]. The plant has a spreading root system and can be very invasive[233]. Hardy to at least -25°c[187]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Invasive, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers. The plant is heat tolerant in zones 8 through 1. (Plant Hardiness Zones show how well plants withstand cold winter temperatures. Plant Heat Zones show when plants would start suffering from the heat. The Plant Heat Zone map is based on the number of "heat days" experienced in a given area where the temperature climbs to over 86 degrees F (30°C). At this temperature, many plants begin to suffer physiological damage. Heat Zones range from 1 (no heat days) to 12 (210 or more heat days). For example Heat Zone. 11-1 indicates that the plant is heat tolerant in zones 11 through 1.) For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a runner spreading indefinitely by rhizomes or stolons [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or early autumn in a cold frame[133]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, the divisions can be planted direct into their permanent positions. Basal cuttings of new shoots in spring. Very easy, collect the shoots when they are about 10cm tall, potting them up individually in pots and keeping them in a warm but lightly shaded position. They should root within 3 weeks and will be ready to plant out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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