ACHILLEA millefolium

Milfoil, Yarrow



Height: 12-24" (30-60cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: White, yellow, pink

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Asterales (Daisy Order)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Genus: Achillea (Achillea)
Species: millefolium (1000 leaves)
Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium is a hardy aromatic perennial plant, growing wild in grassland, roadsides and waste places. In summer, it bears flat-topped clusters of small white daisy flowers on stems around a foot high. The leaves are deep green, finely divided, soft and ferny.

Yarrow is a traditional medicinal herb. It is used to treat loss of appetite and digestive problems, liver and gall-bladder complaints, for colds and flu, and in homeopathy to treat internal bleeding.

The leaves can be added to salads.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(7 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are tightly set together in a tiny dry silvery head
for each 'flower'.

Seed The seeds are like tiny golden spearheads with a short black handle. They soon fall from the
seedhead, leaving a chaffy 'crown' behind.

Seedling The seedling is small, with long, narrow slightly toothed seedleaves. The first true
leaves are finely divided.

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