Achillea erba-rotta moschata
Achillea impunctata Vest.
Achillea livea Scop.
Achillea moschata Jacq.
Achillea moschata Wulfen
Ptarmica moschata (Wulfen) DC.
Common Name: Musk Milfoil
Achillea erba-rotta moschata is a herbaceous perennial plant forming a mat of low growth with unbranched flowering stems up to 10cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, especially in rockeries.
Europe - central Alps.
Rocky slopes, alpine grassland and scree on calcareous soils in the Alps[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Although an alpine plant that is used to very cold winters, it can also be grown successfully in the more humid and milder environment of maritime gardens[
Succeeds in most soils but prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Lives longer in a poor soil[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
The leaves and flowering stems are appetizer, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, stomachic and tonic[
]. An infusion is used in the treatment of liver and kidney disorders, as a tonic to the digestive system, exhaustion, nervous headaches etc[
]. The plant is harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use[
The plant contains an essential oil containing cineol, this is used in preparing ‘iva liquor’, a medicinal aperitif[
Seed - sow spring or early autumn in a cold frame[
]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, the divisions can be planted direct into their permanent positions.
Basal cuttings of new shoots in spring. Very easy, collect the shoots when they are about 10cm tall, potting them up individually in pots and keeping them in a warm but lightly shaded position. They should root within 3 weeks and will be ready to plant out in the summer.