Attracts Butterflies (amongst other pollinators)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) comes in different colors and attracts butterflies. It’s a hardy North American native. The cultivated varieties have become staples in gardens around the world. Achillea are great filler plants and edgers.Bees,bumble, beetle, fly and beneficial, aphid-eating hoverflies will be attracted by yarrow. Larvae of the yarrow pug moth will also feed on this species.
Health Benefits and therapeutic uses of yarrow:
Diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic.
-tea as a remedy for severe colds
(Recommended in early stages of children’s colds, measles or other eruptive diseases)
-very useful in the commencement of fevers
-upper respiratory congestion relief
-stops hemorrhaging in the lungs
-great for detoxifying and cleansing the blood
-helps to regulate blood sugar
– lowers blood pressure
-good for kidney disorders
-helps reduce urinary tract infections and irritations
-stops wound bleeding.
-used in many ways to relief headaches
-great digestive aid
-skin care wash to treat acne and eczema
-essential oil used for joint inflammation
-ease menstrual discomfort and disorders
-chewing on the purple part of the plant numbs toothaches and eases stomach aches
Many believe that the reason the yarrow plant is so beneficial in treating such a wide range of ailments is because it contains the acid, salicylic, which is also found in aspirin.
by Karin Wybauw