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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. 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 and the Painted Lady Butterfly Northern White Skipper, Mormon Metalmark, California Common Ringlet, Great Purple Hairstreak, and the White Checkered Skipper 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.

A list of the Yarrow's featured on this site:
Achillea Apple Blossom * Apple Blossom Yarrow
Achillea Cerise Queen * Cerise Queen Yarrow
Achillea clavennae * Silver Yarrow
Achillea Desert Paprika * Desert Paprika Yarrow
Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold * Coronation Gold Yarrow
Achillea Hoffnung * Hoffnung Yarrow
Achillea kellereri * Keller's Yarrow
Achillea lanulosa * Mountain Yarrow
Achillea Moonshine * Moonshine Yarrow
Achillea Paprika * Paprika Yarrow
Achillea Pomegranate * Pomegranate Yarrow
Achillea ptarmica * Pearl Yarrow
Achillea Salmon Beauty * Salmon Beauty Yarrow
Achillea Sonoma Coast * Sonoma Coast Yarrow
Achillea Terracotta Terracotta Yarrow
Achillea The Beacon * The Beacon Yarrow
Achillea tomentosa * Woolly Yarrow