Achillea millefolium (Common Yarrow)
Achillea millefolium (pronounced ah-KILL-lee-ah mil-lih-FOE-lee-um) is a one of the tried and true perennials that are found in our local landscapes. They are native to much of the Northern Hemisphere and come in an array of colors such as white, yellow, pink, rose, magenta, burgundy, terra cotta and deep red. Achillea millefolium has an erect growth habit, anywhere from 20 – 24 inches tall and 12-14 inches wide. The foliage has narrow, finely cut, fern-like leaves that are topped with flat-topped flower clusters that stand atop strong, sturdy stems.
These beautiful perennials are strong garden performers, blooming from late Spring through Fall. It is best if they are planted in full sun, in areas protected from strong winds. Once they have gone through their first bloom cycle, cut back the stems to the base of the foliage to encourage additional blooms. Divide the clumps as needed (every 2-3 years) to maintain healthy growth. These plants spread by rhizomes and do well in average garden soil however they will tolerate poor soils as long as the drainage is good.
They attract beneficial insects, and are deer resistant and drought tolerant. The Sunset climate zones are 1-24. (Hardy to 25°F) We are currently growing a variety of Achillea millefolium in one gallon containers, including ‘Paprika’ and the ‘Song Siren’ series. Check out our website www.clearwatercolor.com to see photos of these good looking plants.