Wild flowers of Latvia: Yarrow

Latvia's colorful meadows are home to a great number of wild flowers that would be the envy of many other countries, and there's no better time of the year to explore them than the time around the midsummer celebration. 

The yarrow, referred to as the hedgehog's grass, the cheese grass, the plague grass, and otherwise in Latvian, was apparently thought to be able to fight the plague or help cows produce more milk.

Nowadays, says botanist Agnese Priede, the recognizable herb is used both as an anti-cough tea and for alleviating stomach pain. 

It was formerly used to make wounds heal faster.

Yarrow tea is rather bitter but valuable nonetheless. It's very common across all of Latvia, recognizable from its leaves reminiscent of small feathers and its clustered flowers in white-gray. 

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