Yarrow, Achillea millefolium
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Yarrow is native to all northern continents and is found in meadows, open woods and areas with mild disturbance. It can take dry soils, but grows well in rich organic gardens, too. Rigidly upright, creamy white flowers top these 1-2 foot tall plants in early summer. The latin name comes from Achilles using this plant in battles to staunch wounds. Millifolium means thousand leaves, referring to the fine and many dissections on the leaf.
PART USED: above ground portion
FUNCTION: This plant was held in high regard in herbal knowledge throughout Europe and America for millennia. How lucky it grows throughout America and can be found when accidents occur when camping or on outings! Put a leaf on a wound before a bandage to improve results!