Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), 3 plants in 7 cm pots
Wild Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a strong, easy to grow plant that forms attractive flat-topped clusters of white, occasionally pink, flower heads over a long period, from at least June to November. As for the scientific name, Achillea refers to the Greek god, Achilles, who is said to have used it to treat battle injuries and millefolium, a thousand leaves, to the feathery appearance of the leaves.
Their nectar is accessible to a wide range of insects. It is the foodplant, along with the closely related Sneezewort, of several species of moth including the Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata) widespread throughout Britain.
You are buying three, well-rooted plants in 7 cm square pots.
Where to grow
Buy now and they can be planted at any time of year, the feathery leaves remaining green throughout the winter. They have a strong medicinal aroma when crushed.
Yarrow will grow in sun or partial shade in a variety of soil types.
The photograph of the single cluster of flowers was taken in our wildflower garden on 30 June, that of the group of flower heads with the fine leaves was taken at the West Sands, St Andrews, on 12 October, emphasising the long flowering period.
Ladyburn Plant Nursery has been registered, by the Scottish Government, as a Professional Operator who is authorised to issue plant passports. (These are now required for internet sales of all plants including native plants sold within the UK, not just those for those shipped abroad, as previously). Registration Number GB-S 03473.
Please note that our plants are sold purely for their biodiversity, educational and aesthetic value and should not be consumed unless you are absolutely certain of their safety.
Please note also that our nursery is located at Cupar, our St Andrews address being for correspondence only.