Macro Monday #33

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White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a pretty little wild flower with tiny,  fragrant, white to rose, five petal flowers, forming flat-topped clusters. The foliage is equally pretty and delicate with long fern-like leaves.

Also known as: Common yarrow / nosebleed plant / old man’s pepper / devil’s nettle / sanguinary / milfoil / soldier’s woundwort / thousand-leaf / and thousand-seal and used historically to staunch blood from wounds as well as being used in many herbal remedies. The English name yarrow comes from the Saxon (Old English) word gearwe.

It attracts predatory wasps, ladybirds and hoverflies.


28 Comments Add yours

  1. BeckyB says:

    Gorgeous macro

  2. isabellaesthermariarose says:

    What a gorgeous plant. I’ve heard the name but never actually seen a photo of one. Perfectly captured.

  3. verenacave says:

    Such a beautiful flower and a lovely photo, Jude ❤

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Verena – are you starting the leaves challenge soon?

      1. verenacave says:

        You’re welcome 😘
        I will!!! I guess the beginning of September would be nice? Will you participate again, I’m so looking forward to your pictures!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I’d love to participate again, though September may be tricky as we are travelling for much of the month, so may not have good wifi. Still I shall do my best 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    Hello, Macro Miss 🙂 🙂 Our pink’s not as vibrant as I’d like but it’s getting well watered today. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m after one of those paprika ones and a moonshine (yellow) to go with this one. And yes, I did have to fish you out of Spam. Naughty WP!

  5. What a lovely flower ! I’ve seen them before and it attracts so many insects !

    1. Heyjude says:

      It does indeed. I now want a yellow one and a red one 🙂

      1. I’ve never seen a red one before ! Hope you will find one 🙂

  6. Beautywhizz says:

    Lovely photos, I like the dark background against the flowers.

    1. Dina says:

      Me too! The setting is very nice.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Thank you, it does set off the pinky-white of the flowers nicely.

  7. Dina says:

    It’s very pretty indeed, Jude. Do you grow the White Yarrow in your garden?

    1. Heyjude says:

      It grows itself Dina! Almost finished now but it has been flowering for a while.

  8. So delicately pretty, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      And for some reason you were lurking in the Spam folder with Jo. I wonder what the pair of you have been up to!

        1. Heyjude says:

          OK I won’t 😉

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A lovely understated plant!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is very long lasting. And the pollinators love it.

  10. restlessjo says:

    Am I in your spam? I’m sure I left comments here yesterday 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      heavens! Yes you were in the Spam folder with at least four other comments, as was Sylvia! Why on earth you ended up there I have no idea. I shall now have to retrack and see what you said…

  11. What pretty photos and also some wonderful medicinal names for this plant!

  12. I have this plant in my garden too. I rescued it from a garden centre where they were selling off a few plants which were well past their best. I paid very little for it and thought I’d try and rescue it. Well, it has survived, and is supposed to be a deep cerise colour, according to the label, but at the moment it is a sort of dull pale pink. I’m hoping for better things next year, but I am just pleased that I kept it alive.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The deep pink/red one that Jo captured last week is my favourite, but there is a yellow/orange one too that I like. I’m not sure that the cultivars are as hardy as this common one, but I’d love to give them house garden room.

      1. I’m hoping that mine will be strong enough to last another season, and that it’s flowers might end up a stronger shade of pink.

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