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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

In full flower on banks of River Inver.

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Yup. That is yarrow alright!

Yup. That is yarrow alright!

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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This, like the daisy, is one of the plants that can adapt and change its growth structure when grazed. Its disticntive feathery leaves can often be seen close to the ground in a rosette in grazed fields and in mown lawns.

Yarrow is thought to derive from the Welsh garw meaning rough. It was a common herb used for many purposes. Probably the commonest was to stop bleeding, hence the other common name of staunchweed. As far as I'm aware, unlike sphagnum moss, it has no anticeptic properties; presumably the fine structure of the leaves work like gauze by preventing bleeding without sticking to the wound.

Ironically, it was also used to induce a nosebleed by sticking it up your nostril. Two points will jump to your mind no doubt, one, stick any stiff plant up your nostril and you'll get a nose bleed and second, why would you want a nose bleed in the first place? The second point is easy, it's less painful, and less dangerous, than trepaning as a cure for a headache of course!

Graham Banwell

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