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better picture of Yarrow here somewhere. Note: The
ferny leaves are not the ones pictured in the
Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)
Numerous clusters of small (< 1/4"
across) whitish flowers forming flat-topped heads 2
- 3" across. The grey-green leaves are very finely
dissected and have a feathery appearance, with the
basal leaves being longer. Height of plant is 1 -
May to October
Old fields, roadsides, and waste places.
Yarrow has many medicinal purposes, not
the least of which is to treat hemorrhaging (and as
a styptic) and to break a fever by increasing
Yarrow has a distinctive pleasant smell when the
leaves are crushed.
Varieties of Yarrow such as Yellow Yarrow are
becoming fashionable again in gardens, from whence
it originally escaped.
My observations about this plant can be found at:
Some more information on yarrow from the
Academy of Sciences, which suggests yarrow as a lawn
cover in dry areas like CA, and apparently it tolerates
mowing pretty well.
Cooperative Extension views yarrow as a weed, but has