Meaning of yarrow in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjarəʊ/

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  • A Eurasian plant with feathery leaves and heads of small white or pale pink aromatic flowers, which has long been used in herbal medicine.

    Also called milfoil

    Achillea millefolium, family Compositae

    ‘Gather early summer flowers like violets, yarrow and red clover to dry for teas and for tincturing.’
    • ‘These include sweet cicely, beebalm, yarrow, purple coneflowers and others.’
    • ‘The blue shades of balloon flowers are striking when planted in combination with gold or deep orange cosmos or yarrows.’
    • ‘The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.’
    • ‘For example, yarrow, a plant of major importance in herbal remedies, gets only three rather insignificant mentions.’
    • ‘Hydrangeas, celosia, yarrow, baby's breath, rose buds, and cornflowers also dry well and make gorgeous decorations.’
    • ‘For one of my favorite bouquets I use echinacea flowers, yarrow, feverfew, lavender, sage, apple mint, and catmint from my garden.’
    • ‘Herbs for the Immune System: Echinacea, garlic, yarrow, and coltsfoot.’
    • ‘We talked of old times like other women do, our feet steaming in front of the stove where we sat underneath neat bunches of drying thyme, rosemary, yarrow, and oregano.’
    • ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
    • ‘Purple gentians and orchids, blue scabious and harebells, orange hawkweeds, and cream and pink yarrow provide a kaleidoscope of colour to enjoy at the end of your walk.’
    • ‘Aromatic foliage, such as lavender, monarda, nepeta, thyme, yarrow, mint, Russian sage, and artemisia.’
    • ‘At last they come upon it - the farmhouse covered in wisteria, hydrangeas in bloom all around, the yarrow and cornflowers, the daisies and black-eyed susans.’
    • ‘Oily complexions respond best to basil, eucalyptus, cedar-wood, cypress, lemon, sage, lemongrass, yarrow and ylang-ylang.’
    • ‘From these various composts, special preparations are made using such things as silica, yarrow, chamomile, nettle, oak bark, dandelion and horsetail.’
    • ‘Allan Armitage, perennials expert at the University of Georgia, suggests teaming plants with tall yarrows such as ‘Coronation Gold’.’
    • ‘The crossbred Welsh and Suffolk flock feeds on wild herbs and grasses, clover, yarrow and vetch on land owned by the National Trust and designated of Special Scientific Interest.’
    • ‘Three long-blooming summer perennials - the shasta daisy, purple coneflower and yarrow - are reliable favorites that bring country charm to any setting.’
    • ‘Herbal preparations [including yarrow, camomile, nettles and the juice from valerian flowers] guide the composting process, in the same way as a homeopathic treatment might work.’
    • ‘I use perennial alpine pinks, biennial sweet William and self-sowing annual candytuft to edge beds of Jupiter's-beard and June-blooming yarrows such as pale yellow ‘Taygetea’ and ‘Moonshine’.’


Old English gearwe, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch gerwe.