Sweden flowers: Sneezewort

Achillea ptarmica, SE: Nysört, DE: Sumpf-Schafgarbe,
NL: Wilde bertram, UK: Sneezewort

Scientific name:  Achillea ptarmica L.
Swedish name:  Nysört
German name:  Sumpf-Schafgarbe
Nederlandse naam:  Wilde bertram
English name:  Sneezewort
Family:  Asteraceae / Compositae, Sunflower family, Korgblommiga

Flowers of Sweden

Life form:  Perennial herb
Stems:  Height 30–60 cm
Leaves:  Finely toothed, dark green leaves
Flowers:   Loose clusters of white button-like flowers
Flowering Period:  July-August
Fruits:  Flattened cypsela without a pappus
Habitat:  Fresh water,pasture land, meadows, farmland, urban

Achillea ptarmica, Nysört, Sumpf-Schafgarbe,  Wilde bertram, Sneezewort
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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".
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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".

Achillea ptarmica, Nysört, Sumpf-Schafgarbe,  Wilde bertram, Sneezewort


Flora of Sweden online, Native plants, Zweden


Achillea ptarmica, Nysört, Sumpf-Schafgarbe, Wilde bertram, Sneezewort