One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the daisy family, which typically has heads of small white or yellow flowers and fernlike leaves.
Genus Achillea, family Compositae: numerous species, including the common yarrow
- ‘The species achillea, or common yarrow produces white flowers but hybrids now burst into terracotta, yellow, pink and cerise clusters - fabulous against their feathery grey foliage.’
- ‘The poorer the soil and the older the lawn, the better will be the flower display, but most park lawns will contain self-heal, daisy, achillea, and cat's-ear.’
- ‘Flat topped flowerheads like achillea and open daisy-like flowers such as Michaelmas daisies are particularly attractive to insects and butterflies as they are very visible and accessible.’
- ‘‘In the past, I have cut my yellow achillea before the flowers have faded, and found that it keeps its colour beautifully when dried,’ Annemarie says.’
- ‘Backed by a yew hedge are dozens of neatly planted rows of achilleas, euphorbias, iris and violas among others.’
Via Latin from Greek Akhilleios, denoting a plant supposed to have been used medicinally by Achilles.
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