Yarrow (Photo: Paul Tyler)
This tall, elegant flower is the stuff of magic and mythology!
Young girls once believed this flower would help them to find a lover. They would cut it on a May morning and place it under their pillow!
Its healing properties are legendary – it was named after Achilles, who used it to mend his soldiers in the battle of Troy.
It also used to be used to tell the weather.
If you look at the leaves they are feathery and like ferns and made up of lots of little leaves. Its scientific name is millefolium – which means ‘thousand leaf’. So we get the full binomial scientific name of Achillea millefolium!
by Alison Tyler