This genus consists of about 115 species is
native to the
Caucasus Mountains in
The genus was named for Achilles,
the Greek hero, who is said to have used this
plant for its wound healing properties.
easy to grow, full sun perennials that vary
in size from creeping kinds suitable for rock
gardens to 3-4½ foot tall types for the back of
a border. They will tolerate drought and most
types bear fernlike foliage that has a pungent
The blossoms are excellent for cutting and may
be dried for winter decoration.
Sneezewort comes from the use of
ptarmica as a type of snuff. Ptarmica is
Greek for sneeze-making.