The Many Benefits of Yarrow: From the Flower to the Root

white yarrow plant from seed

Yarrow Plant

The yarrow plant is a versatile herb that has many benefits, from the flower to the root. It is a common sight in meadows and fields, with white and pink flowers that bloom in the summertime. Yarrow has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. In this blog post, we will explore the many benefits of yarrow and how to grow it in your garden.

History of Yarrow

white yarrow in field

Yarrow is a common herb that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The plant is native to Europe, Asia, and North America, and has been naturalized to many other parts of the world. Yarrow has a long history of use in folk medicine, and the leaves and flowers of the plant have been used to treat a variety of ailments.

Today, yarrow is still prized for its healing properties, and is commonly used in herbal teas and tinctures. In addition to its medicinal uses, yarrow is also a popular ornamental plant, and is often seen in gardens and bouquets. Whether grown for its beauty or its health benefits, yarrow is a versatile and useful herb that has been cherished for centuries.


Types of Yarrow 

There are many different types of yarrow, each with its own unique appearance. The most common type is Achillea millefolium, which is native to Europe and Asia. This species has thin, deeply divided leaves and small white flowers. Another popular type is Achillea ptarmica, also known as sneezewort or wild peeper. This yarrow has wider leaves and larger flowers that can be either white or yellow.
In addition, there are several hybrid varieties of yarrow that have been developed for landscaping purposes. These hybrids typically have more colorful flowers than their ancestors, making them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of color to their yard. No matter what type of yarrow you choose, it is sure to add beauty and interest to your landscape.
Yarrow flowers can be found in a wide range of colors, from deep red to pale yellow. Depending on the variety, they may have single or double blooms. The flowers are typically small, with each blossom featuring a central disk surrounded by a ring of petals. Yarrow is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to care for. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and it will bloom from early summer until fall. In addition to being beautiful, yarrow is also a valuable herbal remedy.

yarrow flowers

Yarrow Medicinal Uses

Yarrow is a perennial herb that has been used medicinally for centuries. The leaves and flowers of the plant are used to make teas, tinctures, and ointments that are thought to have a wide range of medicinal benefits. Yarrow is most commonly used as an herbal remedy for colds and flu, as it is thought to help reduce fever and promote sweating. It is also used topically for wounds and skin conditions such as eczema. Some people also take yarrow internally for digestive problems, cramps, and anxiety.
In addition to the leaves and flowers, the root of the yarrow plant can also be used medicinally. Yarrow root is thought to have a number of benefits, including promoting sweating and reducing fever. Yarrow root can be taken internally as a tea or tincture, or it can be applied externally as a compress.
As with any herbal remedy, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking yarrow root or flower.

Growing Yarrow From Seed

Yarrow is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The plant is easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, making it an ideal choice for beginning gardeners. Yarrow can be started from seed, and the seeds can be sown directly in the ground in early spring. Once the seedlings have emerged, thin them to spacing of 12”-18” apart.
Yarrow requires full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The plant will bloom from mid-summer to early fall. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continued blooming. Yarrow is a drought tolerant plant, but regular watering will result in more abundant flowers. When grown in optimal conditions, yarrow will reach a height of 2-3 feet.

Additional Resources

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For additional information on growing and care for flowers, see our Growing Guide in the Resource Center.  We have additional resources for harvesting and storing edible flowers.

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