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yarrow

Achillea millefolium

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low
full sun
upright
8 - 24"
white
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Yarrow dots a moist meadow on the Mt Jumbo saddle
Yarrow dots a moist meadow on the Mt Jumbo saddle

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Fern-like foliage
Fern-like foliage

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Wild yarrow with ninebark and smallflower penstemon
Wild yarrow with ninebark and smallflower penstemon

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Yarrow dots a moist meadow on the Mt Jumbo saddle
Yarrow dots a moist meadow on the Mt Jumbo saddle

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Yarrow is a restoration workhorse that happily adapts to any sunny well-drained spot, and will tolerate moister shaded areas without much competition. Flat white inflorescences float above the prairie starting mid-summer. Even when it isn’t flowering, yarrow sports low bunches of pleasing fern-like leaves. Cultivars are commonly available, but many have earned reputations as garden bullies. Our wild-type variety is much less aggressive than those from garden centers, and will coexist peacefully in prairie and woodland plantings.