Achillea millefolium
Yarrow
Literal: pine stem

Season: Blooms beginning in may and often lasting throughout the summer
Identification: Flat topped terminal clusters of small, white to pinkish white flowers
Alternate finely dissected feathery leaves
Uses:
Today, dried flowers and leaves are most frequently used as an ingredient in various cold remedies, where yarrow is believed to act as an expectorant and analgesic
Fresh leaves may be rubbed on skin as temporary but effective insect repellent
Blackfeet use: “a pleasant tea was made from the leaves and flowers.”

 

 

Hellson, John C., and Morgan Gadd. “The Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians.” The Mercury Series, Canadian Ethnology Service Paper no. 19, 1974.