Achillea



any composite plant of the genus Achillea, having toothed or divided leaves and flat-topped clusters of flowers, and including the yarrow and sneezewort.
Historical Examples

achillea millefolium (common yarrow), by river and log-paths, and Smith’s.
The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau

noun
any plant of the N temperate genus Achillea, with white, yellow, or purple flowers, some species of which are widely grown as garden plants: family Asteraceae (composites) See also sneezewort, yarrow

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