Achillea millefolium

Yarrow in the garden

Dried Yarrow

Dried Yarrow

Yarrow is a plant native to the northern hemisphere and can be found across North America, Europe, and Asia. In Greek mythology, the warrior Achilles used the herb to heal his wounded soldier, which is where the name Achillea Millefolium comes from. In ancient Chinese medicine, the plant was used to balance yin and yang. Native Americans used the plant medicinally to treat headaches, toothaches, and fever, and the Teton Dakota tribe called yarrow "medicine for the wounded". Yarrow was commonly used as a natural dye for textiles by the Sinixt people.

Yarrow should be directly sown after the last frost. Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart. Yarrow requires full sun and is very drought resistant, so soil should dry between watering.