Yarrow – Millefoil


Common Name:

Yarrow – Millefoil

Botanical Name:

(Achillea millefolium)

Family Name:



Full Sun

Common uses:

Yarrow is excellent in stopping bleeding cuts or grazes by applying fresh, clean and crushed leaves to the injury. Yarrow tea (see Using Herbs) will assist in breaking fevers, regulating high blood pressure and act as a mild diuretic. Yarrow is revered for its anti-viral properties and aids in recovery from colds and flues. The remarkable insecticidal properties of Yarrow make it a must have plant on any flower vegetable bed. A handful of leaves worked into a newly prepared compost heap with activate the composing process for lightning fast results. The true medicinal Yarrow of olden days is regarding as the plants with the pink and white flowers.


Yarrow needs a sunny spot and will thrive in almost any soil conditions. The fern-like leaves grow in bunches to a height of 15cm and masses of flower spikes with thousands of pink and white flowers that will rise to heights of 30 to 60cm in spring to early summer. The flower stems have a habit of toppling over and might need some supports to keep them upright. Clumps of Yarrow can be divided each second year and the rooted runners can be planted 20cm apart.