Plant of the Week: Yarrow (Achillea borealis)

We are daily pulling this weedy wildflower from our vegetable gardens. Perhaps we tend to overlook its beauty and practical value. It blooms in meadows and along roadsides throughout Alaska in July through August. This perennial has elegant feathery leaves and tiny white flowers that develop in a corymb similar in appearance to wild carrot. The leaves and flowers are traditionally prepared to treat colds and fevers, and all aboveground plant parts can be harvested to produce a yellow dye. 

Photography by Paul Scannell (www.facebook.com/paulscannellphotography)

Photography by Paul Scannell (www.facebook.com/paulscannellphotography)

Posted on July 24, 2016 and filed under Plant of the Week.