'Yarrow' - Medicinal Plant
Achillea millefolium, commonly known as Yarrow, this plant is one of the herbalists favourites, a perennial growing up to 60cm high and 60cm spread. It has large heads of hundreds of small white flowers, with feathery leaves arranged in spirals along the stems.
A great plant to use in companion planting also, it seems to improve the vitality of plants that are grown around it, repelling unwanted insects and attracting good ones. Also popular with bees and butterflies.
It has many medicinal uses, used to staunch bleeding, to treat hayfever, and an external wash for ezcema amongst many many other uses. Its name comes from Greek mythology, where Achilles used it to stop the bleeding from his battle wounds!
Please consult a qualified GP before attempting to use this plant in a medicinal context.