One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there,

Plain white flowers are hard to identify!

Mystery #158

Give us your guesses for what this one is!


So this little toughie is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. It’s native in North America and across most of the Northern Hemisphere.

Common Yarrow

The delicate, feathery leaves are the best way to identify it. The last part of the scientific name–millefolium–literally means ‘thousand leaves’. Mz. Flora believes the white flowers are the original wild species, and the colorful yellow and red blossoms you humans plant in your yards are ones you have cultivated.

An interesting fact I learned researching Yarrow is it was used historically to staunch bleeding, so a common name was Soldier’s Woundwort. I have not discovered if the part of the plant used was the leaves, so if anyone knows, send us a note!


2 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. I did recognize the foliage. This makes me want to get more of the perennial species into my garden. My plants from fifteen years or so ago finally died out.

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