- Common yarrow
- Achillea magna
- An herbaceous perennial, 1-3 feet tall. Stem is unbranched or stiffly branched at the top.
- alternate or basal rosettes
- finely divided
- soft, matted wool or short hairs, or hairless
- lower leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate, long petioles
- upper leaves lanceolate to linear, sessile
- Many small five-petaled flowers in yellow, white, or pink. Arranged in flat-topped terminal corymbs.
- green turning brown
- gardens, roadsides, moors
- seeds are carried short distances by wind
- reproduces vegetatively by rhizomes
- wildflower seed (intention component or contaminant)
Key ID Features:
- finely divided leaves
- fern-like texture
- flat topped
- Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota) has finely divided leaves that are true green, not hairy, with distinct spaces between leaf divisions. Yarrow leaves are densely feather-shaped and gray-green, appear felted, and are very fragrant.
- The flat topped inflorescences resembles those of Queen Anne's Lace, whose inflorescences can be distinguished by the presence of a dark central spot.
Growth Form: Herb
Origin: Europe, Western Asia
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Likely Invasive
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Not evaluated
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: no