|Yarrow, shown here in the foreground has divided leaves |
and flat white (or pink) flower heads
How to recognise YarrowYarrow has flat heads of many white or pink flowers and blooms throughout the summer and often well into the autumn. It thrives throughout the UK and you'll find it in rough grassland, road verges and hedgerows. The leaves are distinctive - they have many many lacy fronds...hence the name millefolium which translates as thousand leaves.
If the leaves are crushed, they smell a bit like crysanthemums.
We've included Yarrow in the seed mix for Meadowmat because it tolerates mowing well, flowers happily for most of the summer and provides a valuable source of nectar throughout the summer.
Uses for YarrowOur Production Manager, Robert, is famous in the office for eating almost anything...even my cooking but I wonder if he realises that yarrow is edible.....It can either be eaten raw in a salad or boiled for 10 minutes before being fried in butter. I might let Robert try that before I indulge.
The "Achillea" part of yarrow's latin name is a reference to the classical hero Achilles who apparantly used yarrow to staunch bleeding on the battle fields of Troy and I'm led to believe it can also be used as a herbal remedy for problems with circulation. Hmmm, I might have to give it a try this winter to see if it can help me avoid chilblains.
Yarrow tea, is said to be a traditional remedy for the common cold. Just infuse some fresh or dried yarrow leaves in boiling water for a few minutes then remove them from the water and serve the hot drink with a slice of lemon or lime.
|Jennifer and Jemima, my buff orpington hens|