13 responses to “Achillea millefolium”

  1. Pat

    Lovely plant. I always smell the leaves whenever I pass one. If I am out walking and cut myself I will always find a bit of yarrow, chew it up and spit it on the wound. The cut always heals fine, despite the potentially unclean leaves of the yarrow as it grows so close to the ground. My logic being that the cut is usually more filthy than the plant. I am in the North of England.

  2. Doug

    I was pleased to find a couple yarrow plants pop up under one of my hedges where they were protected from the lawn mower. I guess I need to find a place to transplant them so they get more visibility…

  3. ClementKent

    Yarrow is an important part of no-watering, reduced mowing lawn mixes. I saw one of these lawns in Ontario, Canada looking green and healthy during an August drought. The owners told me they mow once a month or less and never water.

  4. Peony Fan

    Yes, lovely photo (and also the one from Doug)

  5. Rossi

    Despite living in Tasmania I well know this plant “growing weedily” in my garden, although your description makes me feel more kindly towards it. I prefer the more restrained and unusually coloured cultivars which stay put and expand slowly.

  6. Richard Old

    You wrote: The Achillea millefolium inflorescence is a panicle of calathidia (it’s like a double inflorescence…the composite inflorescence type (calathidium) further arranged in a panicle).
    As I understand my botanical terminology, the calathidia (heads) are arranged in a corymb (which is a type of raceme superficially resembling an umbel due to its flat top) rather than a panicle.

  7. Michael Marsh

    As a young graduatre student at Berkeley, I was to read Clausen, Keck and Heisy’s (1948?) studies of how this plant produces robust populations from the sea coast to upper Sierra Nevada meadows. They esetaablishedtraansplant gardens at a dozen or more locations within the plant’s range in California, planting individuals from all 12 locations in each garden to see how they thrived. A valuable method for use today for studies of how changing climate impacts creatures that cannot get up and walk.

  8. David Tarrant

    Another excellent post about a widely distributed and well known plant Tamara. Thank you
    It brought back happy memories of the development of the Physic Garden there at UBC Botanical Garden.
    How excited we all were at having such a garden way out on the West coast of Canada with its origins dating back in Padua, Upsalla, Oxford and Chelsea.
    In 1976 when the Friends of the Garden were researching plants to be included in our Physic Garden they also research ancient descriptions to include on the labels.
    One that has always stayed with me was the label for Achillea millifolium taken from John Gerard’s 1633 Herbal.
    ‘Yarrow grows in churchyards as a reproach to the dead, who need never have come there had they had taken their yarrow broth faithfully while living’
    This always produced smiles on faces when I was giving tours of the garden.
    Happy memories indeed.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Richard, that was my edit, so I take responsibility. I was probably uncritically using some reference. Will fix it.

  10. Ed Alverson

    I was interested to read, in the Guo et al. paper you cite, the following statement: “the present lumping of all this diversity into A. millefolium L. (without infraspecific taxa) in Flora of North America (Trock, 2006) does not appear satisfactory or balanced… Instead, it may be more appropriate to use only A. borealis (the first available name)…for classifying the N(orth) American populations.” In a future post I’d be interested in see a write-up and photo showing the differences between native North American Achillea and typical European A. millefolium, which is apparently the plant illustrated here.

  11. Val Upton

    I was excited to see yarrow featured.
    It is also good at attracting good bugs like beetles to you garden.
    Check out the UNIBUG program at Douglas College. Volunteers who are counting beetles each summer, have either yarrow or alyssum planted in their gardens. Numbers are showing both plants are good to have around.

  12. Tanis

    I just discovered this plant has been reclassified as an exotic species in BC…what’s the deal?

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