Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

small white flowers

Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Common yarrow can be found right on the AMK property! These flowers grow in clusters of white, small flowers with five petals. They also have distinct foliage, with feather-like leaves that grow all along the stem. Yarrow has a wide geographic range and it is found all throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in regions in Europe and Asia. Yarrow not only looks good in the wild, but it is also well-known in home gardens. It can also take on different color variants including red, pink, and yellow, which are popular decorative garden flowers!

Yarrow was historically known for its healing properties. The indigenous people of Canada valued Yarrow for its medicinal purposes, considering high elevation Yarrow more potent than the Yarrow found at lower elevations (Pojar & MacKinnon, 2013, p. 261). Yarrow gets its name specifically because of its usefulness on the battlefield. Its genus name “Achillea” is derived from the namesake of the famous Greek warrior, Achilles, and its nickname, “the military plant” was inspired by legend. As the story goes, our hero is said to have used Yarrow to stop the bleeding of his soldiers in the Trojan War, no doubt contributing to their eventual victory at the Siege of Troy. (Pojar & MacKinnon, 2013, p. 261).

Written by Anna Cressman
PC: Anna Cressman