ACHILLEA THE PEARL RARE HERB PTARMICA SEEDS LONG FLOWERING DROUGHT TOLERANT $2.50

A RICH HISTORY! NAMED IN ROMAN TIMES, USED TO STAUNCH THE BLOOD OF SOLDIERS – IT’S NAME WAS DERIVED FROM ARCHILLES, HOMER’S HERO IN THE ILLIAD.

Achillea ptarmica “The Pearl” flowers in only three weeks from germination. Elegant sprays of pure white single and double, pom-pom flowers are borne over a long period above finely toothed, dark green leaves. It spreads to form a natural mound and is equally happy as a bedding plant annual or as a hardy perennial for the herbaceous border.

A favourite of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, it is excellent for the middle of a sunny, well-drained border, especially when planted as a large drift and looks great with a backdrop of evergreens. The flowers are suitable for fresh cutting and also for drying.

Achillea is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere.

Named by Linnaeus, its name is said to derive from Achilles. Homer’s hero in the Iliad, who was well-trained in healing wounds as well as in causing them. He was reputed to have used it to staunch the bleeding wounds of his soldiers.

The name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptairo and means “causes sneezing”. As the name implies, this plant offered sneezing as a remedy for those with stuffy heads. Named in warning for hay fever sufferers. Long flowering and drought-tolerant, this is a unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.

Grow Notes
Long flowering and drought-tolerant, this is a unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.

Sow

Sowing: Sow February to June AND September to December.

Sow the seeds into cells or pots containing good quality seed compost. Sow on the surface and do not cover, as light aids germination of seeds.

Water from the base of the tray and place in a propagator or warm place, ideally at 18 to 22°C. Keep the compost moist but not wet at all times. Germination 7 to 14 days.

Germination

7 to 14 days.

Maturity
Flowers can appear in only three weeks from germination if it’s happy!

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