Herbs > Yarrow Herb

Information on, uses of and how to grow yarrow:

Name
Achillea millefolium.

Family
Compositae.

History
Traditionally used as an antiseptic. Its leaves were put on cuts to assist quick healing.

Growing pattern
Hardy Perennial.

Seeds
Buy Yarrow Seeds from The Green Chronicle (Pay in $US, £, Euro).
Herbs, Seasonings and Spices - Buy Yarrow Flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs ($US).

How to grow
Yarrow can be grown by seed.

Soil condition/position
Any soil in any position. Yarrow can easily be transplanted.

Appearance
Bushy clumps which grow to 60cm high. Yarrow has dark green feathery leaves and has a nice smell when bruised. It has clusters of white flowers and the leaves have a slightly bitter taste but are nice chopped in cheese dishes.

Uses
Yarrow can help neighboring plants to resist disease. An infusion of Yarrow flowers is good for skin cleansing and added to baths it can act as a relaxant. Yarrow can be used as a diuretic and is good for cramp.