PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Yarrow

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Achillea millefolium / Asteraceae or Compositae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

young

bitter

RAW/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:A rather bitter flavour, they make an acceptable addition to mixed salads... The leaves are also used as a hop-substitute for flavouring and as a preservative for beer etc. Although in general yarrow is a very nutritious and beneficial plant to add to the diet, some caution should be exercised. An aromatic tea is made from the flowers and leaves. An essential oil from the flowering heads is used as a flavouring for soft drinks.”(1)

 

CAUTION: “Extended use of this plant, either medicinally or in the diet, can cause allergic skin rashes or lead to photosensitivity in some people. Theoretically yarrow can enhance the sedative effects of other herbs (e.g. valerian, kava, German chamomile, hops) & sedative drugs. Possible sedative & diuretic effects from ingesting large amounts.”(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Yarrow has a high reputation and is widely employed in herbal medicine, administered both internally and externally.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Achillea+millefolium
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/09/yarrow.html (good photos)
  4. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/common-yarrow.aspx (good photos)
  5. https://plighttofreedom.com/yarrow