Achillea ptarmica “The Pearl” flowers in only three months from seed. 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.
Long flowering and drought-tolerant, this is a unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.
- Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1999.
Sowing: Sow February to June.
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 (65 to 70°F) Keep the compost moist but not wet at all times.Germination 7 to 14 days.
Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of “true” leaves, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays to grow on. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost has passed into well drained soil 30cm apart
Cut back stems as the blooms fade for further flowers. Divide plants in March to May
Low Maintenance, Cottage/Informal, Drying, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Prairie planting, Rock gardens
Use cut flowers as a filler like Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath). Cut when the flowers are well open but before the oldest flowers on the stem start to show signs of browning. Rain can damage the quality of the flowers, so cut back poor quality stems and wait for a second flush.
To dry, hang upside down in a warm (not hot) place with good air circulation. Drying too fast at high temps can cause browning, but drying too slowly may result in colour loss on the stems and leaves and give a less fresh appearance.
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.
Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ Sneezewort
Helleborus niger Christmas rose, Black hellebore Z 5-8 POISON
Outfacing, white, waxy cup-shaped flowers resembling single roses in late winter, evergreen leaves.
Size: 12-20” x 12”
Care: part shade in moist well-drained soil Native: rocky places in Europe
Awards: Received Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.
The name Helleborus is Greek from hellein meaning “to kill” and bora meaning “food” referring to the plant’s poisonous qualities if placed in food. This species is ancient – known as long ago as 300 BC in Greece where it “purged and cured the mad or melancholicke daughters of Praetus with the roots thereof.” (Parkinson, 1629) Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600. In Middle Ages petals thrown on floor to drive out evil and ward off power of witches. Gerard recommended it for curing poisoned animals. Sorcerers made themselves invisible by tossing the powdered plant in the air. The German name of Schneerose (snow rose) is perhaps more appropriate.
Yarrow Pearl Achillea Ptarmica Seeds
Yarrow Pearl Achillea Ptarmica is a herbaceous, rhizomatous perennial native to Europe and Asia. Yarrow Pearl seeds are easy to germinate without any special treatment, and also called Sneezewort or Sneezeweed, Achillea Ptarmica has aromatic, shiny, green foliage with lance-shaped leaves which are neither deeply dissected nor fern-like in appearance. Pearl Yarrow blooms with showy, 3/4 inch across, fully-double, pompon-like, pure-white flowers that are very attractive to bees and butterflies.
Yarrow Pearl is a great perennial for mass planting, or as a long-lasting contrast flower to other perennials, and this pure-white Yarrow looks especially pretty in the garden when combined with blue delphiniums. Achillea Ptarmica seeds can be sown directly outdoors in spring or fall, once established Sneezewort tolerates summer heat and humidity, growing vigorously in poor, dry soil locations where other plants fail. Pearl Yarrow is an excellent cut and dried flower that retain a nice white color.
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (6-8 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring/Fall
Seed Depth: Surface sowing – press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-20 Days