, also known as Yarrow is a rhizomatous, spreading perennial herb. Achillea
is in reference to Achilles, hero of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology, who used the plant medicinally to stop bleeding and to heal the wounds of his soldiers. A. millefolium
is native to Europe, Western Asia and widely naturalized in temperate regions. It produces one to several flower stalks with tiny, long-lasting, white flowers in dense, flattened, compound corymbs (to 2-4” across). It has a strong, spicy odor if dried. A. millefolium
has featherlike leaves with tiny, fine leaflets lining each side of the leaf stem.
leaves and stems contain varying levels of alkaloids and glycosides, which can be toxic to horses if large quantities are ingested. A. millefolium
is also capable of causing photosensitivity