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Achillea ageratum - L.

Common Name Mace, Sweet-nancy
Family Asteraceae [Compositae]
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats The origin of this plant is uncertain, it is possibly a hybrid, A. ptarmica x A. macrocephala[187].
Range Europe - Greece.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Achillea ageratum Mace, Sweet-nancy


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Achillea ageratum Mace, Sweet-nancy

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Achillea ageratum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
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 dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

A. decolorans. Schrad. A. serrata.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Leaves - raw or cooked. The initial flavour is mild and pleasant, though it becomes stronger and aromatic when the leaves are chewed, and leaves a tingly sensation in the mouth[K]. They make an acceptable addition to mixed salads, the plant is very productive, though the leaves are rather small and fiddly to pick in quantity[K]. They are also used in soups, stews etc., and as a flavouring in potato salad etc[183]. The aromatic leaves are used as a tea substitute[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils but prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. It also succeeds in partial shade[187]. Plants live longer in a poor soil[200]. Established plants are very drought tolerant, they can show distress in very severe droughts but usually recover[190]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. An excellent plant to grow in a large pot, the long stems will tend to arch down and continue to flower for a long time[244]. The leaves have a pungent aroma, especially when the plant is grown in a hot sunny position[245]. The plant is intermediate between A. millefolium and A. ptarmica in its characteristics[233]. There is at least one named variety, selected for its ornamental value[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of the genus[200].

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. If this species is a hybrid it might not breed true from seed. 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.

Other Names

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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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Achillea erba-rotta moschataMusk Milfoil02
Achillea millefoliumYarrow, Boreal yarrow, California yarrow, Giant yarrow, Coast yarrow, Western yarrow, Pacific yarrow34
Achillea ptarmicaSneeze-Wort, Sneezeweed21
Achillea santolina 01
Achillea sibiricaSiberian Yarrow11

 

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Zepigi Pessina Marinella   Sun Oct 29 2006

Il Forum dei Funghi e Fiori in Italia - Micologia e Botanica scheda

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