Achillea ptarmica | Also known as: Ball of snow, Bastard pellitory, European pellitory, Wild pellitory | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Sneezewort can make you sneeze so make sure you've got plenty of tissues.

Achillea ptarmica is also known as Sneezeweed or Sneezewort. The word ptarmica is a Greek word meaning 'causes sneezing' so there's no prizes for guessing that this plant can make you sneeze! The dried leaves can be made into sneezing powder. It has pretty daisy like flowers with a mounded yellow button centre. The dark green toothed leaves of this plant are edible, they can also be used as an insect repellant. If you keep livestock you should avoid growing sneezewort as it is poisonous to animals. It's a hardy plant that grows best in moist soil in a sunny position, but it does have good drought tolerance too. This plant even gets a mention in Harry Potter, being used as a potion ingredient.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Skin reaction possible if you touch leaves.
Height [m]
  • 0.7 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Meadows
  • Prairies
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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