Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 53r, Sneezewort (Achillea Ptarmica), is a European herbaceous plant with a strong, pungent smell, related to yarrow. It forms dense spreading mats from rhizomes that creep beneath the ground surface. The leaves are long, grey-green, sharply toothed, and when dried are used to make a sneezing powder. It has loose heads of button-shaped, white flowers. The genus was named after Achilles, and according to the Iliad, his soldiers used this plant to treat wounds.

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