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Yarrow

Achillea millefolium
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Habitat: Dry to moist grasslands, open forest, aspen woods, low to moderate elevations in the mountains, and disturbed areas.

Description: Soft, woolly, grayish to blue-green leaves that alternate.  They are finely divided and looks almost like a fern.  Flowers grown in dense clusters at the top of the plant.  5 to 12 florets per flower, white or crem with straw colored central disk.

Size: 15-70cm tall.

Fun Facts: The genus name "Achillea" comes from the greek warrior Achilles, who supposedly used yarrow to make an ointment to heal wounds in the battle of Troy.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Western Tailed Blue
Everes amyntula

Habitat:  The butterfly can be found throughout Alberta and loves to live in poplar forests.

Description:  Males of the Western Tailed Blue are purplish blue on the inside of their wings while females are brown.  The undersides on both sexes’ wings are white.  On each hind wing protrudes a small tail and behind each tail is some yellowish spotting.

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