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Sneezewort

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Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)
Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)
Description:

Small patch growing at side of path.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica) interacts

Comments

bobthebirder's picture

Achillea

We only have 2 of the Achillea genus in the UK, this one and the familiar yarrow. Loads more in Europe.

Bob Ford

the naturalist man's picture

Sneezewort

In Medaeval times this and yarrow were often confused in herbals. Guess what it was used for, yes you guessed it:

Toothache! The sap mixed with vineger, held in the mouth, would ease toothache. I don't recommend it though as the sap tastes very bitter, hence mixing it with vinegar - stick to going to the dentist.

The name comes from the smell of the plant which is supposed to induce sneezing, I have never sneezed after smelling it though.

Graham Banwell

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