Achillea ageratum
Achillea ageratum - Botanischer Garten Mainz IMG 5620.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
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 Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Romania), and Morocco.[4] In the United States the plant is cultivated in the state of New York for its pleasant fragrance and sparingly naturalized in a few places outside its native range.[5][6]

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.[7] The leaves of English mace can be chopped and used raw as a herb, or added with other herbs to soups and stews.[8]


  1. ^ The Plant List Achillea ageratum L.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ "Achillea ageratum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Achillea ageratum L." Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  6. ^ "Achillea ageratum L." Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  7. ^ Bailey & Bailey 1976, p. 17.
  8. ^ Farrell 2019, p. 24.