Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
Common Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

Common Yarrow

Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Family: Asteraceae (Aster family)

Height: 1-3 feet

Flowers: white (rarely pink) flower clusters made up of many tiny flower heads, each of which has 4-6 petals

Leaf: fernlike, narrow, aromatic, alternate

Habitat: dry, sunny areas; fields, roadsides

Edible?: Yes, the dried leaves can be steeped to make a tea.

Uses: Often used as a medicinal herb; yarrow contains chemicals that may affect blood pressure and possibly have anti-inflammatory effects.

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