Yarrow

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Oct 14, 2013

 

This one small plant can be easily missed in a meadow if you don’t know what you are looking for, but it is unmistakable once you know its characteristics. The leaves are very distinguishable; as well as, the flower head. Millefolium means,“thousand-leaved” which describes the dissected leaves perfectly. Achillea refers to the legend of Achilles during the Trojan War. It is said that he saved many of his warriors by applying the leaves of Yarrow to their bleeding wounds. He wasn’t the only one to use Yarrow in that precise manner. The Native Americans revered this plant and it made the number one spot of the top ten herbs used medicinally by Native American tribes. (Native American Medicinal Plants, Moerman, Daniel E)

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