Yarrow is the name of several plants in the genus Achillea, used for many kinds of medicinal purposes. Its genus name, Achillea, is named after the Greek hero Achilles, who carried it with him on the battlefield to treat wounds. It comes from Old English ġearwe (yarrow) via Proto-Germanic *garwō (yarrow), perhaps a cognate of Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (yellow) which derives from a PIE root word. Yarrow is also an English surname, either a locational name for someone who lived close to where a lot of yarrow grew, or who lived near the river Yarrow in Scotland, derived from Scottish Gaelic garbh “rough”.
- Yarrowe (English)