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ACHILLEA ptarmica (The Pearl Group)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ACHILLEA ptarmica( The Pearl Group)

Plant Common Name

Sneezewort

General Description

Sneezeweed in The Pearl Group vary in size but all have double flowers. These spreading herbaceous perennials originate from regions across Europe and Russia and their fully double flowers are ivory or white. Plants in this group also tend to be more compact than average.

In spring they form vigorous clumps of linear dark green leaves that emit a strong scent when crushed. They produce loose clusters of double white blooms. The small flowers rise from slender leafy stems in summer. Regular deadheading encourages more flowering.

Sneezeweed is a meadow plant in the wild, so it prefers full to partial sun and average fertile soil with even moisture. It will even tolerate clay-rich soil. Over time, its clumps will spread, so it needs dividing every few years to keep it tidy and in bounds.

Plant this easy perennial in sunny informal gardens. Its flowers are long-lasting when cut and look pretty as filler to larger blooms.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    0"-24" / 0.0cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes