Common Name: Yarrow White
Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Description: Dense, dark green ferny foliage forms a low, growing ground cover. Small white flowers appear on top of long stems in summer and autumn. Perennial. 100cm.
Harvesting: Harvest on dry mornings when in early stages of full bloom.
Best Results: Cut plants to the ground in late winter and cover with some organic matter to rejuvenate the plant.
Uses: Use dried flowers in flower arrangements or potpourri.
A herbal tea from yarrow is an aid to indigestion. Check in the “Using Herbs” section of this website for more information.
Add 2 or 3 leaves to compost every week or so as it is an effective compost activator.
White yarrow is a useful plant in the garden as, being so shallow rooted, it thrives where there is only a few centres of rich soil such as under a palm tree or within rockeries.
Yarrow can be invasive as it spreads by underground runners so should be contained by burying 20cm wide strips of edging around the area that it is planted in.
Companion: Attracts beneficial insects such as ladybirds and parasitic wasps to the garden.