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Common name: Yarrow.
Scientific name: Achillea millefolium.
Why we use it: Yarrow has laciniate leaves and is found is pastures throughout New Zealand and is extremely hardy. The root system makes it capable of surviving thirsty, hot months and helps to combat soil erosion. Introduced by the settlers, it grows like a dense mat, so is important to keep tabs on so it doesn’t dominate the other plants in the pasture. The mineral content is higher than that of clover and rye grass and has been proven to improve soil fertility over time. Yarrow’s essential oils in its foliage repels insects and the flowers attract ladybugs, bees, and butterflies.