Go With the Flow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), the story goes, is named after Achilles, who carried it for use in stanching his soldiers’ bleeding.


It produces lacy flowers with feathery leaves, and is well-loved by the insects in my garden. It is said to be a particularly good companion plant, attracting beneficial insects and repelling some you might rather not have. We have a few yarrow in white and shades of pink, and it is a dependable, hardy plant which blooms for most of the summer.

I have not yet tested its effectiveness as a dressing for wounds. I may give it a try next time blood flows in the raspberry patch, but it doesn’t seem to have done much good for Achilles himself, so I’ll keep my expectations low.

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