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Achillea ptarmica ~ Pearl Yarrow, Sneezewort

Achillea ptarmica is native to Northern Europe through Asia. Plants are Winter hardy down to zone 3. Leaves are edible. Achillea ptarmica has been used in herbal medicine and as an insect repellant. Sneezewort has a long history of use as indicated by its many common names. (sneezewort, sneezeweed, bastard pellitory, European pellitory, fair-maid-of-France, goose tongue, sneezewort yarrow, wild pellitory, white tansy . . . see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_ptarmica). Achillea ptarmica should not be used medicinally without the advice of a doctor. Achillea ptarmica is a wetland plant well adapted to a wide variety of soils. In spite of its preference for a moist environment Achillea ptarmica is quite drought tolerant. The white button flowers of Achillea ptarmica bloom from late spring through early fall. Achillea ptarmica has naturalized through the northern US and Southern Canada. This plant is potentially harmful to livestock. Planting Achillea ptarmica near wetlands and livestock should probably be avoided.

Achillea ptarmica is a nectar source for the Checkerspot Butterfly species and is a great addition to the butterfly garden.

Achillea ptarmica, Pearl Yarrow

Flowers and foliage of Achillea ptarmica the Pearl Yarrow, or Sneezewort. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.