days to maturity: 100 days
plant spacing: 1 plants per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: spreading via rhizome
harvest notes: harvest whole flower clusters when blooming
The flower and the upper portions of leaf and stem have many medicinal uses, making yarrow an important herb to have in your medicinal garden. A yarrow tea can help to reduce a fever and a yarrow poultice can calm the inflammation and soreness of a bruise. Yarrow has many first aid uses such as stopping bleeding, or as a general first aid remedy for calming and healing rashes, bug bites, bee stings, cuts, and burns. According to Homegrown Herbs, the yellow flowers should not be taken internally, such as in teas, tinctures, elixirs, syrup, or honey. Only white or pink flower yarrows should be used for internal medicine (our seed is for white flowers). Also be aware that yarrow should not be taken internally by pregnant women.
Yarrow is best suited to growing as a perennial or weedy plant in zones 3 - 9, and seeing as we are in zone 10 you should consider yarrow a winter season plant although ours does spread very vigorously in the garden and survives the summer. Harvest and use its abundant blooms and fern like foliage through winter and spring before the heat of summer comes at us. Pollinators also love the flowers so if you don’t end up picking them they certainly wont go to waste. Make sure to plant this in an area where it can spread, like in your permanent garden beds or food forest.