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1. The botanic name for yarrow is Achillea Millefolium. From what is the genus name "Achillea" derived?
2. Yarrow flowers look like clusters of tiny daisies. What colour are they?
3. Yarrow was called The Military Herb by the ancient Greeks and all soldiers carried it. What did they use it for?
4. There are many common names for yarrow. Which of these is NOT one of them?
5. Yarrow is the subject of many superstitions and beliefs. It is said that hanging a bunch of dried yarrow over the bridal bed will ensure what?
6. In interpreting the ancient Chinese book of prophecy, the "I Ching", the ancients used to cast dried yarrow stalks. Modern users of the "I Ching" employ three other items instead. What are they?
7. In the Middle Ages, before hops came into use, beer was a fermented herbal mixture known as gruit ale. Gruit was primarily a combination of yarrow and two other herbs. What were they?
8. Yarrow was a popular table vegetable in the 17th century. The leaves were cooked like spinach and it was also used to make a flavoursome soup. What does yarrow taste like?
9. In modern herbal medicine, yarrow is used mainly for treating colds and influenza. The essential oil, distilled from the flowers, is used in chest rubs. What colour is the oil?
10. If you have yarrow in your garden, you will find that it attracts large numbers of which creatures?
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