Achillea Moonshine

Information is courtesy of Magna Vista High School students 

Achillea herbaceous

 

The Greek mythological character Achilles was believed to have named the plant.

 

Common name: Yarrow

 

Its plant family is the Asteraceae. Members of the Asteraceae family are herbs, shrubs, and trees. This family is one of the largest. This plant is native to Europe, temperate regions of Asia and North America. Achillea Moonshine is a common plant that is seen in many states including New Mexico and southern Colorado.

 

It is a pink, purple, and yellowish plant with hairy, frilly, and aromatic leaves. It tends to melt out by mid to late summer in hot and humid southern climates.

 

The Achillea Moonshine plant, also known as yarrow is known more as a bee hangout many bees pollinate it along with other insects.

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it has been used for medical purposes. If it were to become extinct, we could lose possible medicinal treatments for various medical problems. Achillea Moonshine was used to help heal wounds of soldiers during the Trojan War.​ Genus name is in reference to Achilles, hero of the Trojan War used the plant medicinally to stop bleeding and to heal the wounds of his soldiers.

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