Sḵwx ̱wú7mesh : si7semáchxw
Hən ̓q ̓əmin ̓əm ̓ : ƛ ̓əléqwəłp
Type – PERENNIAL
Exposure: Sun – Part shade
Moisture: Moist – Dry
Max height: 2 ft
Growing ease: high
Bloom and Fruits: Flat-topped clusters of white (or pink), aromatic flowers from June to August.
Use by people: Yarrow is especially beneficial for women’s health: the smaller sprouts are helpful for young girls before and during puberty, while the flowering plant (leaves used) helping regulate cycle and stop pain from cramps, as well as support peri/menopause with hot flashes and other symptoms of this transition time. However, a warning is that this plant is not safe for pregnant women, as it helps regulate periods and can cause contractions. The leaves of the plant are also used in an aromatic tea as well as a tincture for flu, respiratory, fevers and colds. Additionally, the root and nodules on the roots can be used to soothe toothaches by chewing or leaving on the gum line.
Wildlife value: Flowers are excellent food for pollinators.
Care instructions: A tough perennial that grows and spreads prolifically. Tolerant of a variety of disturbed sites and poor soil (e.g., road-sides and rocky slopes).