A member of the carrot family, but easily distinguished by its dense florets. This gives it its latin name, Millefolium. Usually white but some times pink, and thick fern like leaves. Flowers from early July till November.
Common Yarrow is drought tolerant. Seeds require light for germination, so optimal germination occurs when planted no deeper than ¼ inch. Seeds also require a germination temperature of above 18 °C therefore germinate late compared to many other wildflowers. These can germinate in September after the meadow has just been cut and the grass is short, thus allowing the seeds to get light and warmth. Prefers well-drained soil.
Agricultural Use: In the past both grass lays and permanent pasture always contained Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) at a rate of ca. 0.3kg/ha. Being a deep rooted herb, drought tolerant and rich in minerals, it has helped to prevent mineral deficiencies in livestock that it was fed to.