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Achillea Millefolium, known commonly as Yarrow or Common Yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called Plumajillo (Spanish 'Little Feather') from its leaf shape and texture.
Other common names for this species include Gordaldo, Nosebleed Plant, Old Man's Pepper, Devil's Nettle, Sanguinary, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Thousand-Leaf, and Thousand-Seal.
Yarrow grows from sea level to 3,500 metres in elevation. The plant commonly flowers from May through June. Common Yarrow is frequently found in the mildly disturbed soil of grasslands and open forests. Active growth occurs in the spring.
"Achillea" refers to Achilles, an ancient hero. He said that he used Yarrow for himself and for his soldiers. "Millefolium" means "Coming of a Thousand Leaves". This refers to the very small, fine and feathery leaves of this plant.
Achillea Millefolium is an erect herbaceous perennial plant that produces one to several stems 0,2 - 1 metre in height, and has a spreading rhizomatous growth form. Leaves are evenly distributed along the stem, with the leaves near the middle and bottom of the stem being the largest.
The inflorescence has 4 to 9 phyllaries and contains ray and disk flowers which are white to pink. The generally 3 to 8 ray flowers are ovate to round. Disk flowers range from 15 to 40. The inflorescence is produced in a flat - topped cluster. The fruits are small achenes.
It was one of the herbs dedicated to the Evil One, in earlier days, being sometimes known as Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, Bad Man's Plaything, and was used for divination in spells.