| Achillea 'Oertel's Rose'
Common name: Yarrow, Sneezewort.
Zones 3 to 9.
Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide, low, spreading clump.
Growth rate: Rapid, a quick spreader that left unchecked can form large masses.
Pink-rose red flower clusters slowly lighten to pastel. From early to late summer, tall flower stems rise over deep green, ferny leaves with flat cluster heads of brightly colored blossoms.
Plants slowly spread by rhizomes and can naturalize into substantial colonies over time. Plants grown in warmer zones may require staking. Slightly spicy aroma of stems are stronger when nighttime temperatures are consistently below 70 degrees F; aroma continues when used in dried arrangements.
Yarrow thrives in average to poor, well-drained soil. Planted in too rich soil, plants have a tendency to be tall and floppy. Tolerant of humidity, heat and drought, after the flowers have faded, pruning the plant back by half should awaken additional blooms for late summer. In the right location, yarrow can spread aggressively. Plants from seed are not reliable to be true to variety. Divide every few years to keep plants to a manageable size.
Hardy herbaceous perennials, yarrows are one of the easiest perennials to grow and a good choice for beginners.
Excellent as a border plant, in containers or for cut and dried flowers, in mass plantings, and salt tolerant. Attracts butterflies, Deer and Rabbit resistant.