Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Week of Fall Flowers Part 4

 Yarrow



Yarrow has a nice long blooming period, is drought tolerant, and, though it's said to spread rather a lot, this particular one is actually fairly well behaved; it spreads, but reasonably slowly.  They're good both cut and dried and can be used as a dye plant (producing a shade of yellow, or so I'm told.  I haven't gotten around to trying it yet).  This has survived several frosts, and looks lovely with a coating of snow as well.  It's also supposed to keep fairies away, which, going by some of the more traditional stories, is a good thing, as those are some very creepy stories indeed (particularly the ones about changelings.  Excellent Halloween reading it is too).



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