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Sneezewort

Achillea ptarmica

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Loose clusters of white flowers with pale green disc florets. Occasionally double-flowered forms are seen with garden escapes. The 7 to 15 petals on each flower are notched. The disc floret is yellow-brown in colour.
Fruit:
Flattish, egg-shaped and slightly curving achene (seed). 2mm in length.
Leaves:
The stalkless leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. They are greyish-green, linear, shiny and scarcely haired.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. Good to put in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flower is named because apparently it emits a peculiar smell which causes you to sneeze if inserted up your nose. The second part of the flower name 'wort' is an archaic name for a plant used as a herb or for food.
Other Names:
Bastard Pellitory, European Pellitory, Fair-maid-of-France, Goose Tongue, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort Yarrow, White Tansy, Wild Pellitory.
Habitats:
Farmland, fens, grassland, heathland, marshes, meadows, mountains, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, wetland.