|Scientific name:||Achillea ptarmica L.|
|Nederlandse naam:||Wilde bertram|
|Family:||Asteraceae / Compositae, Sunflower family, Korgblommiga|
|Life form:||Perennial herb|
|Stems:||Height 30–60 cm|
|Leaves:||Finely toothed, dark green leaves|
|Flowers:||Loose clusters of white button-like flowers|
|Fruits:||Flattened cypsela without a pappus|
|Habitat:||Fresh water,pasture land, meadows, farmland, urban|
end of summer...
Derivation of the botanical name:
Achillea, αχιλλειοϛ (Greek), of Achilles, Greek hero of the Trojan wars; Achillea said to be discovered of medicinal value by Achiles,
ptarmica, πταρμικοϛ "making to sneeze".
Pliny the Elder (23-79CE), Natural History, book XXV:XIX: "Achilles too, the pupil of Chiron, discovered a plant to heal wounds, which is therefore called achilleos, and by it is said to have cured Telephus... This plant is also called by some Heraclean panaces, by others siderites, and by us millefolia; the stalk is a cubit high, and the plant branchy, covered from the bottom with leaves smaller than those of fennel".