Plant Lore: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


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The name Achilles doesn't conjure up images of delicate wildflowers, but the Trojan hero who is better known for his weak spot, is the namesake of this flowering perennial.


Native to the temperate areas of Europe and Asia, and naturalized in North America, this plant can be easily identified by its fine, fern-like foliage and upright clusters of flowers in white, yellow, pink, and orange.


Appearances aside, it's the plant's medicinal qualities that earned it such a notable name. Achilles is said to have used the plant to help heal and treat his soldiers on the battlefield. And the rest is ancient history!

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