Western Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Herb
Longevity 5 (in years)
In relative feet, width by height
2 X 2
Description Delicately compound, appearing fern-like
Flower Color White
Fruit Inconspicuous.
Sun Full, Partial
Freeze Tolerance Poor
Ethnobotany/Medical An infusion of the whole plant was used to treat colds and fevers, sore throats, grippe, respiratory disorders, as a diuretic, to expel afterbirth, to suppress the menses, headaches, for liver troubles, hemorrhages, to assist in sleeplessness, chest pains, coughs, vomiting, sunstroke, cramps, venereal disease, as a blood purifier, an antibiotic, and to aid gastroenteritis. The leaves were used as a poultice for sores, swellings, rheumatism, bruises, and burns. An infusion was also used as a stimulant and eyewash for horses.
Water Needs Moderately High