Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower
Plant type: Groundcover, Sub-shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Grassland, Sub-Alpine Forest
Clay, Sandy Loam, Adaptable, No alkaline
Attracts Wildlife, Edible , Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Important to Native People, Lawn Substitute, Tolerant of Clay Soil
This extremely hardy, versatile plant has aromatic feather-like leaves that are lacy and a rich green. Dense spreading mats are formed by underground rhizomes which makes it an excellent substitute for a meadow planting. White, umbellate flower heads form in clusters which makes a great landing area for bees and butterflies. Yarrow is a host for butterfly larvae and is an important addition to a butterfly garden.It has many other uses including; as a groundcover, lawn substitute, in wildflower gardens and meadows, along a walkway, in perennial borders or under oaks. The possibilities are endless. The flower heads may be used in arrangements. If picked and dried quickly, they can be used for a dried flower arrangement. The leaves can be used as a salad green. Yarrow is a historically important medicinal plant with a wide variety of uses such as; snuff, poultice, wound dressing, astringent, antidepressant, stimulant, antispasmodic, fever reducer, blood pressure reducer, perspiration inducer and baldness prevention for centuries.
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