There are over 100 species of Yarrow but only a
relatively small number
are common in commerce. The most popular are the colorful varieties of A. millefolium.
These yarrows spread out from a center crown by popping up new growth along
rhizomatous roots that travel just below the surface of the soil. Under most garden
circumstances, they make lazy, sprawling garden companions for tall shrubs or
soft ground covers for open sunny spaces. It
is the tender loving care of extra water and fertilizer that causes this lax
habit. In forests and on roadsides, these plants, deprived of summer moisture,
remain small and sturdy. Used as a ground cover they can be mowed after bloom to
promote low growth and fewer dead flower stems.
Like many plants bred for
color, as the hybrids naturalize and disperse seed they eventually return to the
color of origin. For the humble yarrow, this is white. It is this yarrow
that has many names like Soldier's Woundwort, many legends and traditional medicinal uses. Thus, we offer the
White Yarrow for those who also wish to use it to
staunch bleeding or reduce external inflammation. Tuck a few in and around the
garden for those times nippers mistake fingers for plant stems.