PNW Landscape Plant Guide

brought to you by the plant geeks at Calendula Farm

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

We have a long time love affair with yarrow – because of its fortitude, healthfulness, and its beauty.

Around the farm & nursery, Yarrow is our go-to field medicine for bleeding scratches and cuts. Its astringent nature stops bleeding and helps close the wound.. Taken as a tea, the same property makes it a good anti-inflammatory to ease congestion in the lungs and calm an upset digestive tract. Here’s an article from the NIH about it:
We admire the fortitude of Yarrow as it grows in harsh, seemingly inhospitable conditions and does so happily and beautifully. We find the wild white or pink one growing at the edges of our gravel roadways and in unwatered pastures – blooming and happy to be there. We like to be around plants that find a way to thrive in adverse conditions – it’s inspiring. Don’t get us wrong, though, in a well tended garden, Yarrow will reward you enthusiastically!

There are many varieties of Yarrow found all over the world. They are all good medicine and are all beautiful, sturdy plants that bloom on and off throughout most of the year and sporting soft fern-like foliage ranging from bright green to almost fuzzy grey green. New colors are becoming available all the time and are typically selected from variations of the wild ones in North America and Europe (Achillea millefolium).