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Achillea millefolium
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Achillea
Species: A. millefolium
USDA Zones: 3-9
pH: 6-8
Height: 2-3 ft.
Width: 2-3 ft.

Achillea millefolium or yarrow is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. In Spanish-speaking New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo, or "little feather", for the shape of the leaves. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds.[1] Other common names for this species include common yarrow, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf (as its binomial name affirms), and thousand-seal.

Common Names[]

Yarrow, Woundwort yarrow, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Staunchweed, Nosebleed, Thousand Weed, Thousand Seal.


  • Full sun
  • Well drained soil


  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive
  • due to its system of rhizomes, it has been used for erosion control
  • fragrant - Foliage is highly aromatic, resembling chamomile.
  • drought resistant