Yarrow is a flowering perennial in the sunflower family. Feathery green basal leaves are present in our climate throughout the year. Taller leaves begin to grow in early spring, and flower stalks grow and bloom early summer. The white flowers can be used in fresh and dried cut flower arrangements.
This is an essential medicinal plant to have in northwest gardens. Mashed leaves are applied directly to skin as a styptic and antiseptic and used in salves to reduce inflammation and speed healing. The flowers and leaves help the body to reduce fevers through sweating.
Yarrow spreads by rhizomes and a slow to moderate pace. It thrives in almost any soil condition. Yarrow can also make a mat and is a great choice for a native lawn.