yar·​row ˈyer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce yarrow (audio)
: a widely naturalized strong-scented Eurasian composite herb (Achillea millefolium) with finely dissected leaves and small usually white corymbose flowers
also : any of several congeneric plants

Examples of yarrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this workshop, Chamberlin brought straw flowers, roses, yarrow, thistle, statice and other delicate adornments. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2023 Purple Karma barley, Siberian yarrow ‘Love Parade’, and a spicy puma pepper have caught our eye for some lavender-leaning crops to try when starting seeds for next spring. Sunset Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 In sunnier locales are Parry’s bellflower, yarrow, lupine and beardlip penstemon. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2023 On the front of the card, write your guest's name in calligraphy, and paste the cluster of yarrow next to it. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 4 Sep. 2023 Advertisement Baisden says perennials such as yarrow (Achillea millefolium), wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) and fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) are survivors even in parching sun. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 The yarrow and white statice add a lovely fluffy texture, giving the wreath a cheery personality, perfect for anyone who loves to keep a sense of humor on Halloween. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2023 These would include catmint, monarda, lavender, perennial salvia, creeping thyme, allium, Russian sage, agastache, and yarrow. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 After getting rid of their front lawn, which required a lot of water and hosted little biodiversity, Ann and Steven appreciate that their yard is now a haven for insects and birds, who are drawn to plants like the pale blue bog sage (Salvia uliginosa) and native yarrow. Melissa Ozawa, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English yarowe, from Old English gearwe; akin to Old High German garwa yarrow

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yarrow was before the 12th century

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“Yarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yarrow. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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