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Yarrow is a 15-60 cm tall, perennial plant. They have angular stems. Leaves are distributed spirally around the stem. The individual leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, the leaflets are very thin. Therefore, the touch is similar to cat's tail. The flowers are white or pale pink, they are produced in flat umbel-shaped inflorescences.
Confusion with other plants
There are several other yarrow species, that common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) can be confused with. All other species are edible and can be used in the same way, but of a medical point of view, the most precious is common yarrow.
The two plants can be confused with each other before flowering. If you tear off a leaf and triturate between your fingers, you can easily identify both plants as they both have a characteristic but different smell.
- Common yarrow