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Yarrow

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Very common and easy to identify with its feathery leaves. Yarrow can be found in most grassland. The flowers appear from June to October and make Yarrow look like a member of the Apiaceae (Umbellifer) family, although it is actually a member of the Daisy family.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Yarrow, Woundwort, Milfoil, Staunchweed, Herbe Militaris
Scientific Name Achillea millefolium
Season Start Mar
Season End Nov
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Green feather like leaves that are bipinnate or tripinnate and spiral around the small stem.

Flowers

A cluster of small white to pinkĀ  flowers are arranged in an umbrella like shape from June to September.

Habitat

Fields, meadows, roadsides, gardens and almost anywhere grass grows.

Possible Confusion

The leaves look a little like chamomile, pineapple weed, pictured, or tansy but all three of these are edible.

Taste

Fairly neutral with a slightly medicinal taste.

Frequency

Common.

Collecting

All parts or this plant can be used as a medicine, the leaves are best for salads.

Medicinal Uses

As some of the common names imply, Yarrow can be used to staunch bleeding from wounds and nose bleeds. It also contains salicylic acid which Aspirin is synthesized from and was used to treat fevers.

Other Facts

Yarrow has deep roots and has been used to prevent soil erosion. It is also planted with grasses used for fodder due to its high mineral content.

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