Common yarrow, bloodwort, carpenter's grass, dog daisy, gordoloba, green arrow, milfoil, nosebleed, old man's pepper, sanguinary, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf, thousand-leaved clover, thousand-seal, yarrow.
A perennial that grows to 1 to 3 feet in height. Foliage is finely cut. Leaves are aromatic, and have simple stems without stalks. Flowers are flattish and mostly white, passing to shades of deep rose-purple, clustered densely and flatly on top.
Flowering Period April to October.
Asia and Europe
Abundant in pastures, old fields, roadsides, and waste places.
Herb and leaves in August when in flower.
The herb is an aromatic with diaphoretic and emmenagugue activity; it has been used as a vulnerary.
Yarrow was one of the first herbs brought to America by the colonists. Its leaves were used to stop the flow of blood on cuts and bruises and to deaden the pain.