Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) — Seeds




This is a Yarrow.

Yarrow has white flowers, is drought tolerant, a dynamic accumulator and ornamental. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8.

Yarrow has a wonderful fresh sent. It’s been used in teas and home remedies for thousands of years. Although it can grow quite large, it can also be mowed and provide diversity to a lawn or pathway. It’s a must have for a herbalist’s tea blend.

Seeds Per Gram: 6000
Common Name: Yarrow
Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Family: Asteraceae
Bloom (species): white flowers
Tree (species): drought tolerant
a dynamic accumulator
Other Common Names: Yarrowc, Common Yarrow, Old Man’s Pepper, Devil’s Nettle, Sanguinary, Milfoil, Soldier’s Woundwort, Thousand Seal, Boreal Yarrow, California Yarrow, Giant Yarrow, Coast Yarrow, Western Yarrow, Pacific Yarrow
Lifecycle: Perennial
Forest Layer: Herb, Groundcover
Food Type: Herb, Tea
Height: 1-3ft
Width: 2ft
Hardiness (species): 4-8
Sun: Full, Partial
PNW Native: Yes
Native Range: Temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Habitats: Meadows, pastures, lawns etc. on all but the poorest soils.
Soil PH: 5-6.5
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Water Needs: Average
Flower Type: Hermaphroditic
Pollinated By: Insects
Food Uses: Leaves – raw or cooked. A rather bitter flavor, they make an acceptable addition to mixed salads and are best used when young. The leaves are also used as a hop-substitute for flavoring and as a preservative for beer etc. Although in general yarrow is a very nutritious and beneficial plant to add to the diet, some caution should be exercised. See the notes above on possible toxicity. An aromatic tea is made from the flowers and leaves. An essential oil from the flowering heads is used as a flavoring for soft drinks.
Other Uses: The growing plant repels beetles, ants and flies. The plant has been burnt in order to ward off mosquitoes. A liquid plant feed can be made from the leaves. You fill a container with the leaves and then add some water. Leave it to soak for a week or two and then dilute the rather smelly dark liquid, perhaps 10 – 1 with water though this figure is not crucial. This plant is an essential ingredient of ‘Quick Return’ herbal compost activator. This is a dried and powdered mixture of several herbs that can be added to a compost heap in order to speed up bacterial activity and thus shorten the time needed to make the compost. The fragrant seeds have been used to impart a pleasant smell indoors. An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used medicinally. The leaves contain from 0.6 to 0.85% essential oil. The leaves have been used as a cosmetic cleanser for greasy skin. Yellow and green dyes are obtained from the flowers. A good ground cover plant, spreading quickly by its roots. A dynamic accumulator gathering minerals or nutrients from the soil and storing them in a more bio-available form – used as fertilizer or to improve mulch. Nectary, invertebrate shelter.
Sources: pfaf.org

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