In My Garden You Will Find: Yarrow

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Native yarrow is growing in my garden, and I'm thrilled to say that it's already spreading here and there beneath the cedar trees.  It's doing quite well, and my first patch is already blooming. 

Eileen Stark writes in Real Gardens Grow Natives the following about yarrow: "Flowers provide for many pollinators, including syrphid flies, bees, and numerous butterflies including swallowtails, hairstreaks, mourning cloaks, and the endangered Oregon silverspot.  Host plant for painted lady butterly larvae.  Some cavity-nesting birds use yarrow to line their nests.  Provides forage for many species, including deer and upland birds" (168). 

I am thrilled to have some of our natives thriving in our garden.  Others are still putting down roots and struggling with clay soil that is so prevalent in our backyard.  We are slowly amending, but it will take time.  It will most likely be several years before our bare root natives become established enough to see the fruit of our labors.  We are hoping for a beautiful understory beneath the pine and cedar trees in our backyard in the years to come.  Already, the beautification of our work since buying this house last summer is evident--we receive many compliments when people come to visit!  And when you do come by to visit, look for our patches of yarrow--it is a beautiful plant with many medicinal properties.  Next time you're at the grocery story, notice yarrow tea--it has many valuable properties.

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