Sneezewort - Achillea ptarmica


Medium to tall, hairy plant with a creeping, woody stock; stems erect, angular. Leaves lanceolate, sharply toothed, pointed and unstalked. Flowerheads white, with a greenish white disk, 12 to 18 mm borne in lax, branched clusters.

Similar Species

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has very similar flowers, but smaller and in dense flower-heads

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Sharply serrate leaves

Recording advice

Photos for verification should include leaves and general shots of the plant in habitat - it cannot be verified from a close-up of the flower


Damp grassy habitats and meadows, marshes and water margins.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 75 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; occasional, but becoming scarce.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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