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