Noble yarrow
Achillea nobilis Sturm40.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Achillea
A. nobilis
Binomial name
Achillea nobilis
  • Achillea camphorata Gilib.
  • Achillea corymbifera S.G.Gmel.
  • Achillea cylindrica Poir.
  • Achillea decipiens Vest
  • Achillea eridania Bertol.
  • Achillea fruticulosa Willd. ex Ledeb.
  • Achillea gerberi M.Bieb. 1808 not Willd. 1803
  • Achillea grata Fenzl ex Tchich.
  • Achillea hispanica Schrank
  • Achillea ligustica Vis. ex Nyman 1879, illegitimate homonym not All. 1773
  • Achillea ochroleuca Waldst. & Kit.
  • Achillea odorata Pall. 1793 not L. 1753
  • Achillea paucidentata (Ambrosi) Dalla Torre & Sarnth.
  • Achillea pectinata Lam.
  • Achillea pubescens Willd.
  • Achillea punctata Ten. ex Tchich.
  • Achillea schkuhrii Spreng. ex Nyman
  • Chamaemelum achilleum E.H.L.Krause
  • Chamaemelum gerberi (Willd.) E.H.L.Krause
Achillea nobilis inflorescence

Achillea nobilis, the noble yarrow, is a flowering plant in the sunflower family. It is native to Eurasia, widespread across most of Europe (except Scandinavia and the British Isles)[1] and also present in Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It is reportedly present in Xinjiang Province in western China, but this is based on a single herbarium specimen collected in the 19th century.[2] The species is widely cultivated and has become naturalized outside of its range in North America and other parts of the world.[3][4]

Achillea nobilis foliage

Achillea nobilis has creamy-whitish or yellow flowers, and resembles common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) except with more flower heads that are smaller. The leaves of Achillea millefolium are much more finely dissected into needle-like segments.

The medium green foliage forms a low-growing clump in early spring and in late spring produces flowering stems that grow up to 75 cm (30 in) tall; the stems end in flat flower clusters (umbels). The foliage and stems are covered with soft hairs.[5]


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