Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) likes full sun, but will grow in part-sun, and will grow in moist to dry, well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant. It spreads by underground rhizomes and can create a carpet of green with white flowers in summer, and can grow up to about 1 meter (3 feet) tall. Yarrow is a medicinal herb, and sometimes called the backpacker’s bandaid, as it can be used as a poultice for cuts and rashes. You can find it in open areas, forest edges, grassland from the coast to the interior of BC. It is good for pollinators, and can be used as an alternative to grass as it can take being mowed. Be sure you want it for a lawn as it can be hard to remove after it is established.

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