Western yarrow


Photo of western yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis)

Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis

Western yarrow is a native, herbaceous perennial in the Aster Family. It is a very common wildflower that grows erect from creeping rootstocks, to a height mostly 10 to 36 in. tall. The leaves of are densely hairy, and lacy and fern-like in appearance. Native Americans used western yarrow for many purposes, such as a tea to cure stomach ailments, a poultice on infected wounds, and as a mosquito repellant.

Habitat Type Tolerance Invasive?
Dry conditions on gravelly loam, thin and/or sandy soils. Occurs in many habitats across Canada, the Great Plains, and the western United States. Full sunlight No