How to Identify Yarrow

A couple days ago, we shared with you how beneficial the yarrow plant is for campers and anyone who spends time outdoors. If you haven’t already, read about the uses of yarrow here.

As promised, today you’re going to learn all about . . .

Identifying Yarrow

To use this super beneficial plant, you have to know how to identify yarrow. After all, if someone in your family gets cut when you’re out camping, knowing that yarrow will stop the bleeding won’t help a bit if you don’t know what yarrow looks like.

Fortunately, yarrow is pretty easy to identify. Though there are numerous varieties around the world, they’re all pretty similar.

Yarrow is a somewhat tall plant, growing up to about three feet high. Each stem contains a flowerhead at the top that is made up of numerous tiny flowers with white petals and yellow centers. The slender, fern-like leaves extend all the way up the stem.

Depending on region, yarrow blossoms from late May to September. It typically grows along the edges of woods, in fields & waste places, along railroad tracks & roadsides, and even in yards.

Be careful not to confuse yarrow with Queen Anne’s lace, another common plant that has a white flowerhead. Queen’s Anne’s lace, however has all-white flowers (no yellow) and sometimes a dark purple or black center. The leaves are also different, more feathery on Queen Anne’s lace. Here’s a picture of Queen Anne’s lace for comparison:

After searching for yarrow everywhere (and finally finding it in a local park), we discovered that the plant is actually growing in our yard! Because of mowing, it’s short and hasn’t flowered this year. We’ve put a border around it, though, and plan to let it flourish next summer. This picture shows the leaves alone (maybe you have some in your yard too!)

Look around – is there any yarrow in your area?

Comments

  1. Good to know!! I’m sure I’ve seen this stuff before. :)

  2. Robin Wilson says:

    Argh!! It is taking over my lawn! I cannot get rid of it, it is very aggressive and is spreading like wildfire! I am sure it is great in the wild, but not so much in my yard. LOL!

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