White Yarrow Seed
Hundreds of tiny, delicate white flowers are born of feathery fern like foliage.
Yarrow was a common site in gardens of years past and chances are pretty good it was in your Grandmother's garden. Yarrow was found amongst other medicinal herbs in the Neanderthal burial site in Iraq which dates from around 60,000 BC and has become famous in herbal medicine as one of the earliest indications of human’s use of medicinal plants.
Very hardy once established and will return year after year. Excellent heat and drought tolerance. Will even tolerate coastal environments and thrive. Yarrow is said to regenerate from roots easily after fire! Now that is one hardy plant!
Yarrow blooms from June to October. Yarrow prefers well drained soil, but can be tolerant of many conditions.
Makes excellent cut and dried flowers.
Yarrow is a magnet for many species of native pollinators. Attracts and feeds predatory wasps that help keep the bad bugs out of your garden. Also attracts hoverflies and ladybugs which do the same thing. No sustainable/organic garden should be without yarrow.
Butterflies love these flowers!
Deer and rabbit resistant.
It is said that an extract of yarrow also repels mosquitoes and is said to kill the larva. The US Army found tincture of yarrow outperformed DEET in repelling ticks and mosquitoes, it just needs to be reapplied more frequently.
In the Middle Ages, yarrow was part of an herbal mixture known as gruit used in the flavoring of beer prior to the use of hops.
Yarrow was once used by the soldiers of the civil war to stop bleeding, but far before as the Romans carried it into battle for the same reason. The dried plant was packed into the wounds where it acted to stop the bleeding and ward off infection. Adding yarrow to skin lotions, oils or salves can help with eczema or dry skin. Farmer John uses a mixture of yarrow in his shaving cream to stop the bleeding from any accidental cuts.
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