Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

About

Yarrow is a tough plant of many grasslands, from lawns to verges and meadows; clusters of white, flat-topped flower heads appear from June to November. Yarrow has been used to help restore arable land to grassland by sowing it along with other natives.

How to identify

A strong-smelling perennial, Yarrow has dark green, finely divided, feathery leaves. It has flat-topped clusters of white flower heads; each flower head comprises yellowish disc florets and pinky-white ray florets - together they give the impression of one flower with a yellow centre and white petals.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • Novermber

How can people help

Some of our most abundant species are often treated as 'weeds' when they appear in the garden. Yet they can be extremely beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Yarrow
Latin name
Achillea millefolium
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 50cm
Conservation status
Common.