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Achillea nobilis

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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)<ref>Altervista Flora Italiana, Millefoglio nobile, Noble Yarrow, edle Schafgarbe, ängsröllika, Achillea nobilis L. includes photos and European distribution map</ref> 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.<ref>Flora of China Vol. 20-21 Page 762 壮观蓍 zhuang guan shi Achillea nobilis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 899. 1753. </ref> The species is widely cultivated and become naturalized outside of its range in North America and other parts of the world.<ref>Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map</ref><ref>Kingdom Plantae (Deb Schwartz, Minnesota USA), Achillea nobilis Noble Yarrow with color photos.</ref>

Achillea nobilis foliage

Achillea nobilis has creamy-whitish or yellow flowers, and resemble 'common yarrow' (Achillea millefolium) except with more flower heads that are smaller and foliage which is much finer with thin lacy compound leaves. The medium green foliage forms a low growing clump in early spring and in late spring produce flowering stems that grow up the 20 inches tall, the stems end in flat flower clusters. The foliage and stems are covered with soft hairs.<ref>Flora of North America Vol. 19, 20 and 21 Page 494 Noble yarrow Achillea nobilis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 899. 1753.</ref>

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