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Last Update: 01 May 2021

Achilles and the Achillea flower

The Achillea Flower

The Achillea flower (Achillea millefolium), known colloquially as yarrows, is a flower of European origin, taking its name from the Homeric hero Achilles.

According to legend, the Achillea flower grew from rust that fell to earth from Achilles' spear. The gentle Centaur Chiron gave Achilles this plant to treat the wounds and bruises of his wounded soldiers, the legendary Myrmidons.

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