Common Yarrow

Common Yarrow
Achillea millefolium

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If a flower has the word common, in its common name, you know it must be common.  I pulled this one out of my parent’s vegatable garden in Nova Scotia, but you can find it anywhere in North America.  It was historically used for medicinal purposes as it is said that Achilles (Greek mythology hero) discovered that it helped your blood clot faster (2).  True or not, it is a good way to remember the genus name of  Common Yarrow,  Achillea millefolium.

Look for white to pink flat flower clusters on top of tall stems with fern-like, fragrant leaves.

Family: Aster Family
Size: 24″ (1); 8-40″ (2)
Blooms: June-Sept (1); June-Nov(2)
Leaves: fern-like, fragrant

1. Alden, P., Cassie, B. (1998). National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, inc..

2. Reader’s Digest (1982). North American Wildlife. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader’s Digest Association

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