Common Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow
Photo: Russ Andersen, NHA
Family:
Sunflower (Asteraceae; old, Compositae)
Habitat:
moist areas along creeks and around meadows
Characteristics:
Soft feathery leaves grown at the base of stem. White cluster of flowers grow in heads atop a long, single stem. Flowers look like tiny asters with cream-colored petals.
Blooms:
July, August; LV, RV, TV
Comments:
Yarrow contains alkaloid toxins. As tea it was used medicinally for digestion and malaise. The leaves and/or entire plant were powdered and used to stop internal and external bleeding and to heal rashes and inflammation. Milk from cows that have eaten yarrow is tainted and not potable.