Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium. Yarrow.

Achillea millefolium, commonly known as Yarrow, is a resilient and versatile perennial plant native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. With a growth height ranging from 12 to 36 inches, Yarrow boasts feathery, fern-like leaves that give the plant its species name “millefolium,” meaning “a thousand leaves.” In the blooming months, typically from early to late summer, Yarrow showcases dense, flat-topped clusters of tiny, daisy-like flowers that come in a spectrum of colors from pristine white to soft pink to rich red, all stemming from a central, sturdy stalk. The flowers not only attract a variety of pollinators, but they have also been historically revered for their medicinal properties, particularly in wound healing.

Deeply rooted in folklore and traditional medicine, Yarrow has been a cherished plant across cultures and epochs. Its resilient nature allows it to thrive in various conditions, from well-drained soils to rocky terrains. Beyond its therapeutic applications, Yarrow serves as a delightful addition to both wildflower meadows and formal garden arrangements, as its delicate foliage contrasts strikingly with its robust flower heads, making it a favored choice among garden enthusiasts and herbalists alike.

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