|Who knew something so pretty could also be useful?|
It is said Yarrow was named after the hero of the Trojan war, Achilles of Greek mythology, who used this plant to treat his soldiers' wounds and staunch excessive bleeding. Its benefits as an herbal remedy don't stop there, though. The medicinal properties within this plant are numerous. They include blood coagulants, anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, antispasmodics and antiseptics. Pretty good for just a wildflower, don't you think?
|Pastel shades of recent cultivation efforts|
Yarrow is a rather unassuming plant with subtle foliage and unremarkable flowers. Some people may consider it unworthy of allowing into a formal garden design. In recent years, however, some exciting new cultivars--some pretty pastel shades and bright pinks and reds-- have been developed to appeal to the discerning gardener. We'll talk about those and how to actually grow Yarrow in a future post.