The plant is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. A. millefolium was used in traditional medicine, in part due to its astringent properties. The entire plant is reportedly edible, but it is advised not to consume much. The foliage is pungent; both its leaves and flowers are bitter and astringent. The leaves can be eaten young; raw, they can be added to salad. The leaves, with an aniseed-grass flavour, can be brewed as tea. The flowers and leaves are used in making some liquors and bitters. Yarrow is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Many ornamental cultivars and hybrids exist. Yarrow can be used for dying wool as it contains apigenin and luteolin. Depending on the mordant the color may be green to yellow.
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