yarrow(redirected from yarrows)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
yarrow,a plant of the genus Achillea, perennial herbs of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
..... Click the link for more information. family), native to north temperate regions. Several species are cultivated as ornamentals for their flat-topped clusters of flowers and scented foliage. The common yarrow (A. millefolium), also called milfoil, has white flowers in the wild, but there are also pinkish varieties in cultivation. Yarrow was a love charm of high repute, and in Greek mythology Achilles (hence the generic name) used the plant to heal the wounds of his soldiers and to stop bleeding. Native Americans also used the plant medicinally, particularly as a treatment for earache. The use of yarrow in folk medicine is based on its apparent anti-inflammatory and coagulatory properties. Some yarrows are among the plants imparting a disagreeable taste to milk when grazed by cows. Water milfoils are unrelated freshwater aquatic perennials of the genus Myriophyllum, sometimes grown in aquariums and ponds; Eurasian water milfoil is a pest species in some U.S. inland waters. Yarrow is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
Yarrow(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Yarrow is also known by the folk names Arrowroot, Bad Man's Plaything, Carpenter's Weed, Death Flower, Devil's Nettle, Field Hops, Hundred Leaved Grass, Lady's Mantle, Milfoil, Nosebleed, Old Man's Mustard, Seven Year's Love, Snake's Grass, Tansy, Wound Wort, and Yarroway. It is used in many magical spells for protection, to gain courage, for developing psychic powers, for love and, in company with other herbs, for exorcism. Yarrow is ruled by the planet Venus and associated with water.
Yarrow is frequently used in a talisman for protection. When such a talisman is worn, it gives the wearer a feeling of self-confidence and courage. It is said that by carrying yarrow with you, anyone you wish to see or hear from will think of you and contact you. Drinking an infusion of yarrow will help develop your psychic powers.