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Light green foliage and deep golden-yellow flowers. Perfect for growing towards the middle of a border or in a wildlife garden or gravel garden. Flowers June to August.
One of the most familiar yarrows but it is deservedly popular as it is very easy to grow, puts on a wonderful show and is very beneficial to pollinators in summer and birds in winter (if you leave the seed heads on).
Yarrow has been used for centuries as an apothecary's herb. Gerard claimed that it was often to be found in churchyards to reproach the dead who need never have come there, had they taken their yarrow broth faithfully.
Over the centuries, yarrow has been used to make snuff and in the Middle Ages, combined to form Gruit, a mixture of yarrow and other herbs to flavour beers before the use of hops.
The yarrow family has been valued as garden plants for centuries and are useful for their wide range of colour and long flowering season. Most are excellent for cutting and drying and all are loved by bees and butterflies. It is also a staple of wildflower meadows and plantings.
Yarrow is the birthday flower of 16 January.
Height and spread: 1m x 50cm
Common name(s): Yarrow
Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society