Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

A flowering yarrow plant against a bright grassy background.

Yarrow is a very hardy perennial (a plant that lives more than two years) with many tiny, tightly packed flowers that can be a variety of different colours. Because of this, they are very popular with gardeners, who often use them for meadows, ground covers, and borders. However, they are also known for their healing properties, and have been used for centuries to improve digestion and relieve stomach cramps. It is a popular plant to be drunk as a tea, or applied as an extract or essential oil. In fact, the genus name ‘Achillea’ is derived from the Greek hero Achilles, who was said to have used Yarrow to treat his soldiers' wounds.