Yarrow, Danish (Organic)

Achillea millefolium. Perennial.

Sometimes our penchant for seed saving goes a little too far – such is the case with Danish Yarrow. We saved seed from a bunch of plants growing along the roadside while out exploring the ruins of a 14th century castle about 12 miles from Aarhus, Denmark, during the first days of our Seed Ambassadors Project trip in 2006. A patch of this perennial now grows in the backyard, in deep shade (though it prefers sun), where its feathery grey leaves make a nice ground cover for most of the year. Yarrow is also an important herb in biodynamics; its lacy white flowers are used to make prep 502, to stimulate potassium, silica and selenium in the soil. Slowly spreads via roots and shattered seed, grows well even in poor soil.

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