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YARROW


Frequently, yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is seen as “just” a garden flower or an “annoyance.”  This is a shame as this beautiful plant is beloved by bees and other insects, respected by herbalists, and is part of a large plant family:  Asteraceae.


Growing in many environments, Yarrow can be white, pink, or yellow.  The alternating leaves are finely divided (giving them a feather-like look).  The flowers are in clusters of four to six rays.  Millefolium stalks are generally hairy.  Take a sniff, yarrow is aromatic.


Other members of Yarrow's family include Chamomile, Tansy, and Pineapple weed.


I love Achillea millefolium.  As an herbalist I know that this plant supports so many parts of the body in a variety of ways, including bruising and bleeding.  Get better acquainted with this amazing plant.



Resources:

-Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel

-Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman and New England Wild Flower Society


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