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Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Common yarrow Common Names: bloodwort, carpenter's weed, hierba de las cortaduras, milfoil, plumajillo

Description: Yarrow has many uses throughout history including dye for wool, agriculture, food, and traditional medicine.

Habit: Aromatic, erect, hardy perennial that can reach a height of 3 feet.

Leaves: Alternate, narrow, finely divided, feathery, fern-like, up to 6 in. long and 1 in. across, small towards the top, sometimes covered in fine hairs.

Stems: Flowering stems reach heights of 2-3 feet tall, sometimes covered in fine hairs.

Flowers: White in color, long lasting, 1/4 in. across, 4-6 petals, borne in dense, flattened, compound clusters that are 2-4 inches across.

Fruit and seeds: Small achenes, 0.17 mg, oval-elliptic, brown in color, 1-2 mm long.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Can be found in disturbed sites, grasslands, roadsides, lawns and open forests.

Reproduction: By seed and vegetatively by rhizome fragments.

Similar species: Sneezeweed (Achillea ptarmica)

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand pull, making sure to remove all root fragments to prevent resprouting.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Minnesota Wildflowers and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Common Name:

Common yarrow

Scientific Name:

Achillea millefolium







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