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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 Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta

Bright yellow belly with a black V. Has white outer tail feathers that can be hidden, a slender bill, and dark stripes on the head.  Male and Female birds have similar coloring.

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