Late spring has arrived and the yarrow and snapdragons are beautiful. The bright range of colors, textures and shapes make for a sweet little yarrow and snapdragon bouquet. Here are a few fun facts about Yarrow and Snapdragons.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is one of my very favorite herbs behind chamomile it is one of those I have promised myself I will always always grow. Yarrow is known by a lot of different names like, Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Herbe Militaris, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, Bloodwort, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Devil’s Nettle, Devil’s Plaything, Bad Man’s Plaything and Yarroway. The name Yarrow derived its Latin name from the Greek hero Achilles, the son the Sea-Goddess Thetis and the mortal King Peleus. Achilles was a great student of the healing arts and Yarrow was his special ally. He used it to staunch the wounds of his fellow soldiers, which is how yarrow became known as 'Militaris'.
It is a tough, hardy perennial and a potent medicinal herb. It grows easily in potted soil or directly in the ground and will come back year after year. Yarrow flowers from June to September. The whole above ground portion of the plant is used. The plants are durable and tolerate dry spells and low soil fertility. Flower colors range from red, pink, salmon, yellow, and white. Yarrow can be used for teas, tinctures, baths, infused oils, poultices, sprays and of course they also look lovely in flower arrangements.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinums) get their name from the fact that you can gently squeeze the sides of the intricately shaped flower and see the jaws of a dragon head snap closed. The blooms come in gorgeous colors, including some with beautiful color variations on each flower. Snapdragons have been grown since the rise of the Roman Empire. The Romans and Greeks thought snapdragons had the power to protect them from witchcraft. Descorides, the Greek physician wrote that protection would be given to the person that wore snapdragons around their neck. In the medieval period, snapdragons were thought to be the guardians of European castles and were planted near the gates. Women boiled snapdragons and applied the resulting infusion to their faces to keep them beautiful and restore youth. In the Victorian era, a bouquet of snapdragons usually meant a proposal was coming soon.
Snapdragons have stalks of brightly colored flowers that are especially profuse in cooler weather. The plants start blooming at the bottom of the stalk and work their way up. Snapdragons are tender perennials that are only hardy to about USDA Hardiness Zones 8 or 9. In most areas they are commonly grown as annuals.
Snapdragons and Yarrow are in bloom here are Pisgah Flowers and will continue to be as the late spring heads into summer. We look forward to sharing a bouquet of these beauties with you!