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Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)

A hardy perennial of the compositae family, growing wild all over the world on waste land. It grows up to 90cm in height, and spreads to 60cm or more, and has aromatic, feathery leaves and small white flowers.

From a culinary standpoint, the leaves are nice when combined with other salad leaves. Yarrow grows well in the garden, when it is drought-tolerant; it doesn"t like containers.

It also goes under the names 'nosebleed'; 'devil's nettle' and 'soldier's woundwort'.

Unless the roots of the plant are restricted, it can become a gardener's nightmare, as its creeping rootstock can be hard to irradicate.

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