Definition of yarrow in English:



  • A Eurasian plant with feathery leaves and heads of small white or pale pink aromatic flowers, which has long been used in herbal medicine.

    Also called milfoil
    • ‘Purple gentians and orchids, blue scabious and harebells, orange hawkweeds, and cream and pink yarrow provide a kaleidoscope of colour to enjoy at the end of your walk.’
    • ‘Oily complexions respond best to basil, eucalyptus, cedar-wood, cypress, lemon, sage, lemongrass, yarrow and ylang-ylang.’
    • ‘At last they come upon it - the farmhouse covered in wisteria, hydrangeas in bloom all around, the yarrow and cornflowers, the daisies and black-eyed susans.’
    • ‘From these various composts, special preparations are made using such things as silica, yarrow, chamomile, nettle, oak bark, dandelion and horsetail.’
    • ‘Herbs for the Immune System: Echinacea, garlic, yarrow, and coltsfoot.’
    • ‘For example, yarrow, a plant of major importance in herbal remedies, gets only three rather insignificant mentions.’
    • ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
    • ‘We talked of old times like other women do, our feet steaming in front of the stove where we sat underneath neat bunches of drying thyme, rosemary, yarrow, and oregano.’
    • ‘These include sweet cicely, beebalm, yarrow, purple coneflowers and others.’
    • ‘I use perennial alpine pinks, biennial sweet William and self-sowing annual candytuft to edge beds of Jupiter's-beard and June-blooming yarrows such as pale yellow ‘Taygetea’ and ‘Moonshine’.’
    • ‘Gather early summer flowers like violets, yarrow and red clover to dry for teas and for tincturing.’
    • ‘For one of my favorite bouquets I use echinacea flowers, yarrow, feverfew, lavender, sage, apple mint, and catmint from my garden.’
    • ‘Aromatic foliage, such as lavender, monarda, nepeta, thyme, yarrow, mint, Russian sage, and artemisia.’
    • ‘The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.’
    • ‘Allan Armitage, perennials expert at the University of Georgia, suggests teaming plants with tall yarrows such as ‘Coronation Gold’.’
    • ‘Three long-blooming summer perennials - the shasta daisy, purple coneflower and yarrow - are reliable favorites that bring country charm to any setting.’
    • ‘The crossbred Welsh and Suffolk flock feeds on wild herbs and grasses, clover, yarrow and vetch on land owned by the National Trust and designated of Special Scientific Interest.’
    • ‘The blue shades of balloon flowers are striking when planted in combination with gold or deep orange cosmos or yarrows.’
    • ‘Hydrangeas, celosia, yarrow, baby's breath, rose buds, and cornflowers also dry well and make gorgeous decorations.’
    • ‘Herbal preparations [including yarrow, camomile, nettles and the juice from valerian flowers] guide the composting process, in the same way as a homeopathic treatment might work.’


Old English gearwe, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch gerwe.