Fernleaf Yarrow
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Fernleaf Yarrow
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fernleaf Yarrow
Botanical name: Achillea filipendulina    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Fernleaf Yarrow is an ornamental plant, grows to 4 ft high, and the foliage, though fern-like, has an untidy appearance, from the irregular way in which it is disposed. It is herbaceous, and comes from the Caucasus. The flowers are somewhat singular, arranged in corymbs of a multiplex character; they are very large, often 5in. across. The smaller corymbs are arched or convex, causing the cluster or compound corymb to present an uneven surface; the small flowers are of rich old gold colour, and have the appearance of knotted gold cord; they are very rigid, almost hard. The leaves are linear, pinnate, lobed and serrated, hairy, rough, and numerously produced. The flowers claim a prominent position in a cut state; they are truly rich, the undulating corymbs have the appearance of embossed gold plate, and their antique colour and form are compared to gold braid by a lady who admires "old-fashioned" flowers. It will last for several weeks after being cut, and even out of water for many days.
Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
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