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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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12 October, 2010

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is a common flower around Dorset at this time of year. It has, in fact, been flowering since August but is more prominent now that the other flowers are dying away.

Yarrow is, perhaps, one of those flowers you walk by without a second look because it is so common but when you stop and take a really close look you find that the flower-head is not one flower but a hundred or so tiny flowers, all like little daisies.

The overall flower head can range from white to pink but, in general, is dirty white or, perhaps more kindly, cream. Popular with insects, Yarrow can be found in meadows, grasslands, hedgerows and roadsides, just about anywhere in fact. It is also a common weed of lawns and definitely not a gardeners friend.