Sneezewort (Sneezeweed, Fair Maid of France, European/Bastard/Wild Pellitory)
- Common Name: Sneezewort (Sneezeweed, Fair Maid of France, European/Bastard/Wild Pellitory)
- Latin Name: Achillea ptarmica
- Family Name: Asteraceae/Compositae
This attractive perennial is said to be edible for humans but toxic to cattle, sheep and horses, and although we can find no evidence of poisoning in tortoises, we would not advise feeding it.
Sneezewort is closely related to Yarrow
and the flowers of these two plants can look similar, but the leaves are very different.
Sneezewort flowers are white and mainly double, although there are varieties with single flowers.
Do not confuse with Helenium
, which is also called Sneezeweed but is a different plant.