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Achillea

Hardy herbaceous perennials, most Achillea (ak-il-lee-uh) form aromatic, soft, feathery, fern-like foliage with clusters of small daisy-like flowers. Tolerant of hot, humid summers, drought, and most growing conditions; plant Achillea, or yarrow, in well-drained soil and full sun. The aromatic leaves of Yarrow are what keep the pests away.

One of the easiest perennials, all it needs is full sun and well-drained soil. It thrives in average to poor soil and is drought tolerant once established. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be tall and floppy. After the flowers have faded, cut the plant back by half. This will likely stimulate a second flush of blooms in late summer.

Achillea is in reference to Achilles, hero of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology, who used the plant medicinally to stop bleeding and to heal the wounds of his soldiers.

Common yarrow is a rhizomatous, spreading, upright to mat-forming perennial that can be an aggressive. Yarrow is deeply-dissected, fern-like, aromatic, with medium green foliage and tiny, long-lasting flowers that appear throughout the summer on stems typically rising 2 to 3 feet tall. Foliage has a strong, somewhat spicy aroma that persists when used in dried arrangements.

Cultivars and hybrids of common yarrow, most of which have stronger stems, more upright habits and larger flowers, that have become popular flowering plants for ornamental gardens. Cultivars also extend the range of flower colors to include pinks, reds, creams, yellows and bicolor pastels.

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.

With a little maintenance, blooms are possible throughout summer in cottage gardens, wild gardens, meadows, prairies and naturalized areas. Common yarrow is often used as a flowering ground cover or lawn for sunny out-of-the-way areas, and sometimes mowed with a rotary mower (use highest setting). 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. Achilleas make excellent dried flowers.

Yarrow is one of the easiest perennials to grow and is a good choice for beginners. More yarrow common names, include milfoil, thousandleaf, soldier's woundwort, bloodwort, nose bleed, devil's nettle, sanguinary, old-man's-pepper and stenchgrass.

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.

  • Achillea Coronation Gold 3.5 inch pot Achillea Coronation Gold 3.5 inch pot

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' (3.5-inch pot) Common name: Yarrow Height: 24-36 Inches Spread: 18-24 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Full Sun Deciduous Golden Yellow blooms - Summer Tolerates drought, heat and humidity Gray-green, aromatic fern-like foliage...

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  • Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons Common Name: YarrowIvory white flowers contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage. Upright, columnar habit. Flowers remain attractive as they age. Height: 24.0-28.0 InchesSpread: 32.0-40.0...

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  • Achillea Little Moonshine 10ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts Fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers.Compact dwarf, mounding, early blooming sport of 'Moonshine' with the same yellow flower clusters. Low maintenance, once...

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  • Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons Common name: Yarrow. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 18 to 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide, upright, compact clump-forming, Growth rate: Rapid, Easy to grow. Tiny, long-lasting canary yellow flower...

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  • Achillea Oertels Rose 3.5 inch pot Achillea Oertels Rose 3.5 inch pot

    Achillea 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea millefolium 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5-inch pot)Common Yarrow Height: 12-15 Inches Spread: 18-24 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Full Sun Evergreen Rose-Pink blooms fading to white - Summer Soft fern-like foliage Tolerates drought, heat and humidity...

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