The yarrow is the plant of healing and consolation

The scientific name of the yarrow recalls that of Achilles, the Homeric hero, whom we all studied in school books between middle and high school. According to the stories of the writer of ancient Rome, Pliny the Elder, Achilles, in fact, treated his comrades in arms wounded in battle with a poultice of yarrow leaves which is among the best known medicinal plants since ancient times. The therapeutic action of yarrow is disinfectant, healing, diuretic, tonic, useful in stopping the blood. The yarrow, which belongs to the botanical family of composites, symbolizes healing and consolation in the language of plants and flowers. It is, in fact, considered a good omen to a sick person, hospitalized, or afflicted by the pains of life to give a yarrow plant.

The yarrow from the pot to the garden

Under the decorative aspect, the achillee lend themselves to the formation of borders, for the cultivation in pots and for the rock garden. These are perennial herbaceous plants, with beautiful leaves in dense cushions, jagged or laciniate, sometimes velvety or aromatic. The height of yarrow plants varies from 7 centimeters per meter. The flowers, peeking out, are gathered in corymbs that widen to cover the mass of the foliage. The color varies from white to yellow to pink, with the heart of the corolla always in a beautiful golden hue. Generally, the yarrow loves the sun, but can also live in partial shade as long as it is in a sheltered place. The tormenting yarrow tolerates the proximity of the sea well. Planting takes place at the end of winter or in autumn. In the same periods the division of the tufts is also carried out. L’

The yarrow: cultivation

The soil congenial to these plants is sandy and a little compact, enriched with organic fertilizer in autumn. From March to October it is good to add a little liquid fertilizer for flowering plants every ten days to the watering water. Speaking of watering, the yarrow does not like abundant water, especially for specimens grown in the open ground. On the other hand, it is important to immediately eliminate the withered corollas to favor the emission of the buds. If scientifically this perennial plant has been called with the term yarrow, in the Italian dialects from the north to the south of the country it is called in different ways. The best known ways are: yarrow, genepì, bitter grass, fennel, silver botton, stagnasangue. In nature there are various qualities of yarrow, some of which are very rustic.

Yarrow: The yarrow: variety

Among the yarrow plants we mention: the achillea ageratifolia, with white flowers; the yarrow millefolium with white or pink flowers; the achillea moschata with white flowers, the achillea tomentosa with yellow flowers; the white-flowered yarrow umbellata. The achilles that can be used to create borders or for cultivation in pots and boxes belong to this species: achillea filipendulina, 1 meter high with yellow flowers; achillea nobilis, 50 centimeters high, with white and yellow flowers and leaves that smell of camphor; achillea ptarmica with a height of 60 centimeters with white flowers. It is interesting to underline that the yarrow is a plant that gets sick very rarely as long as you take care to keep the soil around the plants moved and clean from dry leaves, in this way you avoid stagnation

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