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is a genus of about 85 flowering plant
The flowering plants , also known as Angiospermae or Magnoliophyta, are the most diverse group of land plants. Angiosperms are seed-producing plants like the gymnosperms and can be distinguished from the gymnosperms by a series of synapomorphies...
s, in the family Asteraceae
The Asteraceae or Compositae , is an exceedingly large and widespread family of vascular plants. The group has more than 22,750 currently accepted species, spread across 1620 genera and 12 subfamilies...
, commonly referred to as yarrow
. They occur in Europe
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and temperate areas of Asia
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. A few grow in North America
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. These plants typically have frilly, hairy, aromatic leaves
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These plants show large, flat clusters of small flower
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s at the top of the stem. These flowers can be white, yellow, orange, pink or red.
The genus was named for the Greek mythological
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In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad.Plato named Achilles the handsomest of the heroes assembled against Troy....
. According to the Iliad
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, Achilles' soldiers used yarrow to treat wounds http://www.killerplants.com/whats-in-a-name/20020802.asp
, hence some of its common names such as allheal and bloodwort.
species are used as food plants by the larva
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e of some Lepidoptera
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species - see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Achillea.
A number of species are popular garden
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plants. Hybrids such as Coronation Gold and Moonshine are yellow varieties.
- Achillea abrotanoides
- Achillea acuminate (Ldb.)Sch.Bip.
- Achillea ageratifolia
Achillea ageratifolia, commonly called yarrow or greek yarrow, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to Greece and Bulgaria. It is a highly variable species, with three recognized subspecies that have white flowers. They have erect, simple, some-what woody based stems....
: Balkan Yarrow, Greek Yarrow
- Achillea aegyptiaca
Achillea aegyptiaca is ornamental plant in the Asteraceae family native to Europe. This is an evergreen species. It has been grown for more than 200 years in English gardens, and originally came, as its name implies, from Egypt...
: Egyptian Yarrow
- Achillea ageratum : Sweet Yarrow, Sweet Nancy, English Mace
- Achillea albicaulis
- Achillea aleppica
- Achillea alpina Linnea
- Achillea ambrosiaca
- Achillea arabica
- Achillea armenorum
- Achillea asiatica Serg.
- Achillea asplenifolia
- Achillea atrata
- Achillea aucheri
- Achillea barbeyana
- Achillea barrelieri
- Achillea biebersteinii
- Achillea brachyphylla
- Achillea bulgarica
- Achillea cartilaginea : Silver Spray Yarrow
- Achillea chrysocoma
- Achillea clavennae : Silvery Yarrow
- Achillea clusiana
- Achillea coarctata
- Achillea collina
- Achillea cretica
- Achillea crithmifolia
- Achillea cucullata
- Achillea decolorans = synonym of Achillea ageratum Garden Mace
- Achillea depressa
- Achillea distans : Alps Yarrow
- Achillea erba-rotta : Musk Milfoil
- Achillea falcata
- Achillea filipendulina
Achillea filipendulina is an ornamental plant in the Asteraceae family.This plant grows high, and the foliage, though fern-like, has an untidy appearance, from the irregular way in which it is disposed. It is herbaceous, and comes from the Caucasus...
- Achillea fraasii : Filigree Yarrow
- Achillea fragantissima
- Achillea lewisii
- Achillea goniocephala
- Achillea grandiflora
- Achillea griseovirens
- Achillea gypsicola
- Achillea holosericea
- Achillea horanszkyi
- Achillea huteri
- Achillea kelleri
- Achillea kotschyi
- Achillea lanulosa : White Yarrow
- Achillea Ledebourii Heimerl
- Achillea ligustica : Ligurian Yarrow
- Achillea lingulata
- Achillea macrophylla : Broad-leaved Yarrow
- Achillea membranacea
- Achillea micrantha
- Achillea millefolium : Milfoil, Yarrow, Allheal, Thousand-leaf, Bloodwort, Carpenter's Grass, Cammock, Green arrow, Gordoloba, Plumajillo, Sneezeweed, Nosebleed, Green Adder's Mouth, Soldier's Woundwort, Dog Daisy, Old-man's-pepper
- Achillea monocephala
- Achillea moschata : Musk Milfoil, Forest Lady's Herb
- Achillea nana : Dwarf Alpine Yarrow
- Achillea nobilis
Achillea nobilis is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family.The species has creamy-whitish yellow colored flowers, and resemble 'Common Yarrow' except with more flowers that are smaller and foliage which is much finer with thin lacy compound leaves...
: Noble Yarrow, Creamy Yarrow
- Achillea ochroleuca
- Achillea odorata
- Achillea oxyloba
- Achillea oxyodonta
- Achillea pannonica
- Achillea phrygia
- Achillea ptarmica : Sneezewort, Sneezeweed, Seezewort Yarrow
- Achillea ptarmicoides Maxim
- Achillea pyrenaica
- Achillea roseo-alba
- Achillea rupestris
- Achillea santolina
- Achillea schischkinii
- Achillea sedelmeyeriana
- Achillea setacea
- Achillea sibirica
Achillea sibirica is a plant in the daisy family, Asteraceae.-Description:Achillea sibirica is an herbaceous plant with alternate, pinnately compound leaves, on green stems. The flowers are white or pink, borne in summer. The plants are hardy in Zones 3-10 in full sun and are often about 2 feet...
: Siberian Yarrow
- Achillea sintenisii
- Achillea sipikorensis
- Achillea sulpherea
- Achillea talagonica
- Achillea tagetea
- Achillea tenuifolia Lam.
- Achillea tomentosa : Woolly Yarrow
- Achillea tzsonii
- Achillea umbellata
- Achillea vermicularis
- Achillea vermiculata
- Achillea virescens
- Achillea wilhelmsii
- Achillea wilsoniana : Wilson's Yarrow
- Achillea filipendulina x A. clypeolata - Coronation Gold
- Achillea clypeolata x A. tagetea - Moonshine Yarrow