Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Family: Asteraceae (Aster / Composite)
Branching: Alternate / Non-woody

This introduced plant is very common in disturbed areas.  It somewhat resembles Queen Anne's Lace, and at a glance is commonly mistaken for it.  Both of them have very finely divided leaves, and fruits in a terminal flat-topped cluster.  But the fruits themselves are different.  It rarely grows much higher than a knee-height.

The flat-topped fruit cluster of Yarrow

A closeup of the fruits

The leaves are very finely divided, and can often be found in the winter

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