Yarrow - Achillea millefolium (Composite family - Compositae)


Yarrow - Achillea millefolium (Composite family - Compositae) Yarrow plants have soft, aromatic and much-dissected, fernlike leaves and flat, tight flower clusters. Although it is a composite, the 5 rays give the appearance of a 5-petaled flower. 1 - 3 ft. It is a common roadside plant that may sometimes have pink flowers. Its feathery leaves often cause it to be mistaken for a fern.





The leaves explain its species name, which combines two Latin words meaning "thousand leaved." Achilles was said to have discovered its healing properties and used it to treat the wounds of his troops at the siege of Troy; hence the generic name. The leaves were chewed by colonists for stomachache and toothache. The plant was effective in stopping a bleeding wounds and was often called Woundwort or Nosebleed Plant.

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