Latin: Achillea millefolium L.
- Common Yarrow
Flat-topped clusters of small, whitish flowers grow at the top of a gray-green, leafy, usually hair on stem.
Heads about 6 mm (1/4 in.) across, 4-6 ray flowers surrounding tiny central disk flowers; June to September.
15 cm (6 in.) long, very finely dissected, gray-green, fern-like, aromatic; lanceolate in outline, stalkless. Basal leaves longer
30-90 cm (1-3 ft.) tall
Old fields, roadsides.
Most of temperate North America.
Yarrow was formerly used for medicinal purposes, to break a fever and treat headaches by increasing perspiration, to teach hemorrhaging and for rashes. It is often used in combination with other plants to treat ailments. By steeping
the leaves a tea can be made to cure stomach discomfort.
The foliage has a pleasant smell when crushed.