Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow is a fascinating native plant that has hybridized and integrated with introduced nonnative varieties. It has retained its appeal to native pollinators during its evolution, and the Xerces Society lists it as a pollinator favorite. All varieties have a long history of medicinal uses, both by Native Americans in the United States and throughout Europe. In addition, some studies report how it can easily be made into a tincture that can rival DEET as a bug repellent. Many bird species, including the common starling, use yarrow to line their nests and there’s evidence its use may inhibit parasite growth.
Friendly Aggressive, Insect Repellent, Medicinal, Pollinator Favorites
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