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Friday, 2 August 2013
The Greek Hero Achilles is said to have used a particular herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers. That herb got the common name of Bloodwort or Allheal as a result. We know it better as Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
The second part of the scientific name - millefolium - comes from the leaves, which appear to be constructed of thousands of feathery leaflets, giving a soft, hairy look to the plant as a whole. The flower heads are frequented by many insects and are especially useful to butterflies and bees. They look good too, although their strong fragrance, especially from the bruised leaves, leaves a lot be desired!