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Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The many white flowers, often tinged pink, are clustered together in a flat-topped head. Disc florets are yellowish.
Fruit:
Yarrow has small achenes as its fruit. The fruit is technically known as 'cypsela'.
Leaves:
Alternate, pinnately divided leaves, reaching 12cm in length. Its leaflets are divided into further leaflets. This gives the leaves a soft, feathery appearance.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Yarrow leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. The leaves are a good substitute for hops when flavouring and preserving beer. They're also good in salads and are quite bitter-tasting. Tea can be made from the flowers and leaves. It's recommended not to eat Yarrow in large quantities.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Aromatic leaves when crushed.
Other Names:
All-heal, Angel Flower, Arrow-root, Bad Man's Plaything, Bloodwort, Cammock, Carpenter's Weed, Common Yarrow, Devil's Mustard, Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, Dog Daisy, Fernweed, Field Hoop, Field Hops, Gordaldo, Greenarrow, Herbe Miliaris, Knight's Milfoil, Little Feather, Milfoil, Military Herb, Noble Yarrow, Nosebleed Plant, Old Man's Mustard, Old Man's Pepper, Sanguinary, Soldier Friend, Soldier's Woundwort, Squirrel Tail, Staunchgrass, Staunchweed, Thousand Weed, Thousand-leaf, Thousand-seal, Western Yarrow, Wound Wort, Yarroway.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, lawns, roadsides, wasteland.