A-Z of Plants
Yarrow, is the common name for the widespread and versatile perennial, Achillea millefolium. This perennial is native to the Northern Hemisphere in regions of Asia, Europe and North America. Yarrow has been used in herbalism for many years and is said to help stem the flow of blood from wounds as well as being used for pain relief and fever reduction. It is also grown in some countries to feed livestock.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) would have originally entered British herb gardens but is now often seen as a staple plant for the quintessential Cottage Garden. However they are incredibly diverse and are often used in drought-tolerant, wildlife and butterfly gardens. They grow best in well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate less ideal conditions.
There are many different varieties of Achillea millefolium which flower in a spectrum of colours throughout summer. The flowers are most commonly pink or white but some varieties are yellow, orange and red.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) produces aromatic green leaves and tall stems which hold umbels of tiny flowers. The sweet, pleasant scent is similar to that of chrysanthemums.