My husband just recently discovered, within the last six months or so, an area of abandoned, preserved land where we like to take the dog on walks. This is the same area where abandoned and unused, cement drainage cylinders have been decoratively painted and I posted about before (see Y3-Day44-Open Eyes).
After extensive research which I love to do, I found out what the wildflowers I took pictures of are and want to share what I found out with you.
Above is a close up of Achillea Millefolium or common yarrow and sometimes called milfoil which means ‘one thousand leafed’ in Latin. Below was one of many unexpected fields of yarrow we encountered on our short but uphill hike.
Yarrow has edible leaves, raw in a salad or cooked. Both its fern like leaves and flowers make a nutritious tea. The flower heads are clusters of five petaled teeny white blossoms with pale yellow centered pompoms. They may be weedy but they attract bees.
Some of the first herbalists are native or ancient people. The Pawnee tribes used the stalks for pain relief, The Chippewa steamed the leaves as an inhalant to alleviate headaches and the Cherokee drank the tea to reduce fever and to help them have a good night’s rest at bedtime.