Yarrow

Scientific Name: 
Achillea millefolium
Family Name: 
Asteraceae
Plant Description: 
Ladybirds are attracted to the aromatic fern-like leaf of yarrow, and it also has flower stems that can be as long as 50cm or more with tiny daisy-looking flowers. It spreads via rhizome and seed so can be very invasive.
Plant Height: 
30cm
Plant Use: 
Beverage
Medicinal
Oil
Animal Fodder
Repellent
Danger
Of Interest: 
Yarrow has a lot of tricks up its sleeve! It has a tradition as a wound herb, and it's thought it got its name from the folklore that either Achilles' soldiers used it to stop bleeding, or that yarrow was what his mother dipped him in at birth to protect him (except his ankle of course!). It provides habitat for beneficial bugs like lady beetles, but can also repel problem insects like mosquitoes. An infusion of flowering tops is used by people with oily skin as a cleanser or toner, while one of the essential oils it contains (Azulene) is an anti-inflammatory. External uses also for ulcers, wounds, even nose bleeds! In a tea, it can break fevers by inducing perspiration...so probably best not to use it if you want to be sweat-free for a special occasion. Isabell Shipard the amazing author of the book "How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life" writes about a traditional remedy for the first signs of a cold or flu being a tea made of infused yarrow, peppermint and elderberry flowers. Pregnant women should never take yarrow. And some people can be allergic to it ending up with dermatitis. It is well regarded by some farmers to feed to animals in poor condition.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Ground cover
Herb
Spreading
Rhizome

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