Achillea millefolium

Yarrow

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Description

A pleasantly aromatic late-summer bloomer native to the northern hemisphere, Yarrow produces one or more stems from 8 in. to 3 1/2 feet tall with flat-topped clusters of tiny white (sometimes pink) aster-like flowers, and feathery bipinnate leaves distributed along the stems. Achillea millefolium is a highly variable, cosmopolitan species complex comprised of native and introduced plants that have hybridized with one another, and is highly successful throughout its native range, often growing as a “weed” in disturbed sites and lawns. Yarrow makes a great addition to pollinator gardens and naturalistic landscapes and is often cultivated for its ornamental and herbal qualities. Bees and butterflies love Yarrow. It also has a number of purported medicinal uses. Achilles, after whom the genus is named, was said to have carried it with him to staunch the flow of blood in battle wounds.

Full Latin Name
Achillea millefolium