Achillea ageratum

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Achillea ageratum
Achillea ageratum inflorescencias.jpg
Flower heads
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Achillea
A. ageratum
Binomial name
Achillea ageratum
  • Achillea viscosa Lam.
  • Conforata ageratum Fourr.

Achillea ageratum, also known as sweet yarrow,[2] sweet-Nancy,[3] English mace or sweet maudlin, is a flowering plant in the sunflower family, native to southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Balkans).[4] It is cultivated in many places for its pleasant fragrance and sparingly naturalized in a few places outside its native range.[5]

In the Middle Ages it was used as a strewing herb to repel insects such as moths, lice and ticks and spread a good smell in private rooms.[6]


  1. ^ The Plant List Achillea ageratum L.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ "Achillea ageratum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana Millefoglio agerato, Sweet Yarrow, Sweet-nancy, süße Schafgarbe, sötröllika, Achillea ageratum L. includes photos and European distribution map
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  6. ^ Bailey, L.H. & E.Z. Bailey. 1976. Hortus Third i–xiv, 1–1290. MacMillan, New York