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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.

Macro Monday #33

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  1. 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.

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