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    Achillea: Brief Summary
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    For other uses, see Achillea (disambiguation).

    Achillea /ækɪˈliːə/ is a group of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753.

    The genus was named after the Greek mythological character Achilles. According to legend, Achilles' soldiers used yarrow to treat their wounds, hence some of its common names such as allheal and bloodwort.

    The genus is native primarily to Europe, temperate areas of Asia, and North America. The common name "yarrow" is usually applied to Achillea millefolium, but may also be used for other species within the genus.

    These plants typically have frilly, hairy, aromatic leaves. The plants show large, flat clusters of small flowers at the top of the stem. The flowers can be white, yellow, orange, pink or red and are generally visited by many insects, and are thus characterised by a generalised pollination system.

    Achillea species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species - see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Achillea.

    Brief Summary
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    Achillea is a genus of flowering plants comprised of approximately 85 distinct species that are distributed across North America, Eurasia and North Africa.

    Known by the common names of Yarrow or Milfoil, these strongly scented perennials have alternate leaves, which are simple to 3-pinnately dissected. For the inflorescence: heads are generally radiate, in flat-topped clusters; The ray flowers are few, white, pink, or yellow. Disk flowers are typically many, and corollae are short, white to purple or yellow. Fruits are oblong to obovate.

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