Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’
Cassis means blackcurrant – and that gives you an idea of the colour of the flowers of this gorgeous variety of achillea or yarrow It makes a very pretty ground cover for a sunny spot, especially when mixed with other colours from our range. The feathery foliage is very fragrant and airy dark reddish-pink flower clusters are borne in summer to a height of 60cm.
Achillea millefolium, or Yarrow, is one of our favourite multi-functional plants. A perennial herb with many medicinal uses, Yarrow is is one of the best diaphoretic herbs and also contains cineol, an antiseptic. It helps to dilate skin pores and produce sweating so is used in the treatment of fevers specifically as well as colds and sore throats generally. Yarrow also has a long history of use as a healing herb – it contains a clotting compound so can be used as a poultice to stem the flow of blood from wounds. A wash from the flowers can be used to treat eczema or the flowers can be infused to make a toning facial steam. The leaves are nutritious and small amounts of young leaves can be added to salads.
Yarrow is also a good food source for bees, hoverflies, butterflies and birds. It also improves the soil and the health of plants growing nearby, and can limit erosion by binding the soil, although this property can make it invasive too. Cut yarrow can be soaked in a bucket and used to make a fertilizer or added to a compost heap to aid decomposition. It is a dynamic mineral accumulator and contains nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and copper. Useful part of a medicinal herbal ley for stock.
9cm pot. Certified organic plant.
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Photos: Flowers – https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/achillea-millefolium-cassis/, Foliage – Kahikatea Farm