Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 3 ft Width: to 1 ft
Flower Color: white
Fruit Color: brown
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Informal plantings, especially butterfly gardens. Useful for erosion control.
Considerations: In Florida, basal leaves are typically visible during the winter.
Propagation: Seed. Clumps of roots can be divided.
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Broadly tolerant
Several cavity-nesting birds use yarrow to line their nests. Adding yarrow to nests may inhibit the growth of parasites. Attracts bees, birds, butterflies. Larval host for Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui).
Native Habitats: Ruderal.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Once used as a food; very popular as a vegetable in the seventeenth century. The younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach, or in a soup. Leaves can also be dried and used as a herb in cooking.
Other Comments: Can be grown as a groundcover.