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Common Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

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Also known as

Yarrow, Milfoil, Devil's Nettle, Hundred-Leaved Grass, Lace Plant, Nosebleed, Nose Pepper, Old Man's Pepper, Sanguinary, Savory Tea, Soldier's Woundwort, Thousand-Leaf, Thousand Weed, Field hops, Thousand seal, Woundwort, Gearwe, Hundred leaved grass, Knight's milefoil, Knyghten, Bad man's plaything, Bloodwort, Carpenter's weed, Death flower, Eerie, Old man's mustard, Old man's pepper, Seven year's love, Snake's grass, Soldier, Stanchweed

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) by Petar Milošević (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some white Achillea millefolium flowers
A close up of the white flowers of common yarrow, Achillea millefolium.
Some white Achillea millefolium flowers
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Common Yarrow Overview

Achillea millefolium is known by a range of common names including Common Yarrow and Yarrow. It became a gardeners favourite because it's tough, flowers repeatedly and tolerates all sorts of conditions. This perennial has an upright habit and produces white to cream or pinkish, daisy-like flowers in flat clusters from spring-summer. The leaves are finely divided and before it became favoured as a decorative plant, Yarrow was used more as a herb and medicinal plant. The original plant had white flowers, breeders have cultivated many new, showier species of white, such as A. clavennae and A. ptarmica. It prefers full sun and well-drained soils. Will tolerate partial shade and moist but well-drained soil. Heavy or waterlogged soils can result in powdery mildews and rusts. Ideal for wildflower meadows, prairie planting, herbaceous borders, and medicinal herb gardens. Requires dividing every 2-3 years. Does not require annual pruning or feeding. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Common Yarrow

Most common problem is fungal disease, which can be prevented by not overwatering and allowing good air circulation. Stems are floppy and prone to rotting when they fall over.

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How to harvest Common Yarrow

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, but best when in flower. Flowers can be cut during the late summer. Use old stalks and cuttings to activate compost heaps.

How to propagate Common Yarrow


Sow your seeds shallow (0.5 cm) and at least 30 cm apart in March, August or October. Use moist potting soil and make sure they have a warm environment. Germination takes place within 2 months.


Make basal cuttings of new shoots that are about 10cm tall in Spring. Plant in pots and protect in warm position until they root, usually within 3 weeks. Plant out in the summer.


Most popular method and will prolong the plant's life if done every other year. Divides easily and can be done in Spring or Autum. Plant the divisions 30cm apart directly in their new positions.

Special features of Common Yarrow

Attracts useful insects

Attracts parasitic wasps.

Repels harmful insects

Repels beetles, ants and flies.

Crop rotation

Light feeder. Improves soil fertility and the essential oil content of nearby plants, thereby making their neighbours more resistant to insect pests.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Common Yarrow

Border, cutting bed, dried arrangements, borders, medicinal. Yarrow was used to flavour beer in the Middle Ages before hops became fashionable.


Oil contains antibacterial, anti-infammatory and antispasmodis properties. Leaves applied to skin stops bleeding. Home remedy for fever, diarrhea, tootache, in snuff, face wash, shampoo.


All parts are edible. Young leaves can be eaten raw and are also used for tea and as a preservative. Essential oil from the flowers used as flavouring in cold drinks.

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