White flowers, 3" across in June and July. Deep green feathery leaves. Loved by bees. The green ferny leaves remain fairly low and tall stems hold the flat white umbel flower heads high. This wonderful plant can be grown in a border or incorporated into a wild meadow scheme.
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.
Yarrow is the birthday flower of 16 January.
Common name(s): Yarrow, Milfoil, Woundwort, Bad Man's Plaything, Melancholy and Angel Flower.