Field of Yarrow in Russia. Photo by Канопус Киля.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a herbaceous, perennial plant that produces one to several stalks with small flowers. The plant has a intense, sweet scent. Other common names for the Yarrow species include gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, devil’s nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal.
Achillea millefolium is cultivated as an ornamental plant by quite a few plant nurseries. Some of the cultivars are Paprika, Cerise Queen, Red Beauty, Red Velvet, Saucy Seduction, Strawberry Seduction (red), Island Pink (pink), and Calistoga (white), and Sonoma Coas (white). Yarrow will make a beneficial partner plant ,it repells a few pest insects even while attracting predatory insects. It attracts predatory wasps, that sip the nectar then make use of insect pests as meals for their larvae to dine on. The flowers also entice ladybirds and hoverflies.