A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 20 – Yarrow

Yarrow

“Gift of Yarrow” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Achillea millefolium… Known commonly as “yarrow” or “common yarrow”… Is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae… In the old world… Yarrow was known as herbal militaris for its use in stanching the flow of blood from wounds… Other common names for this species include gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, devil’s nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal…

Yarrow is considered an especially useful companion plant… Repelling some insect pests while attracting predatory ones… It attracts predatory wasps which drink the nectar and then use insect pests as food for their larvae… Similarly, it attracts ladybugs and hoverflies…

It is also planted for improving soil quality… Its leaves are thought to be good fertilizer… And a beneficial additive for compost…

It is also considered directly beneficial to other plants… Improving the health of sick plants when grown near them…

Yarrow can cause severe allergic skin rashes… Prolonged use can increase the skin’s photosensitivity… This can be triggered initially when wet skin comes into contact with cut grass and yarrow together…

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