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The leaves can be eaten cooked or raw, although typically very bitter. Leaves and flowers can be used to make tea. It has also been used as a flavoring in beer. Common yarrow has been used medicinally since ancient times worldwide, including by Native American tribes for everything from treatment for common cold and sore throat, as a headache remedy, treatment for burns, and as a sleeping aid [NAEB]. Yarrow can be used as an insect repellent and to treat contact dermatitis. There is considerable evidence that it can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects [Nemeth].
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Common yarrow is an erect shrublet, up to 1 m (3.25 ft) tall. The stems may be simple or branched. Leaves are petiolate, fern-like, pinnately lobed, lanceolate, or oblong blades that reduce in size higher up on the stem. The inflorescence is composed of tiny flowers bloom in dense clusters (corymb) at the top of the stems. The disc florets (petals) are white or grayish-white and about 2-5 mm in length while the inner ray florets may be white to deep purple.
Achillea millefolium is very widespread in the northern hemisphere. It is native to Alaska and most temperate regions in North America and Eurasia. Common yarrow grows in a variety of environments. It is most often seen in meadows and roadsides but can also be found on stream banks and woodlands. It can grow in dry to damp and sandy to clayey soils.
The Kamchatka fritillary, also commonly known as the chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) is a brown flowering plant living mostly in coastal areas in Alaska and northwestern North America and coastal...