Achillea (common name: Yarrow) is one of the easiest plants to grow in the full sun garden. It is an outstanding plant for that hot, dry, sunny spot where few other plants will thrive. Here’s what you need to know to grow this plant.
- Full sunshine. It gets floppy if you try to grow it in a shaded location.
- Not overly great soil. Again, if you overfeed this plant, it will flop
- Soil type: It does much better on well drained soils. Soils that hold moisture may find that it winter kills.
- Propagation: seed, division and cuttings.
- Is it a spreader? Oh yeah. Try and stop it!
It is easily divided (cut off a bit with a sharp shovel) in early spring or fall. It will also self-sow and hybrids don’t necessarily come true from seed so cut off the spent flower heads before they self-sow and overcrowd out the hybrid.
You can sow some varieties but the better varieties are now hybrids with long lasting color and they don’t come true from seed. You have to do them from cuttings or from division.
Seed generated varieties can self sow and become weedy. Many hybrids do not spread as quickly but all should be deadheaded to prevent self sowing. Containers and Naturalizing
Using Achillea In Non-Traditional Ways
Yarrows do very well in container growing as they’ll handle the occasional drying out and some abuse without flopping over dead.
They also grow well in the naturalized garden.
Gardeners in milder climates than mine may find it acts as a semi-evergreen during the winter while my zone 4 garden kills it right to the ground in the fall.
- ‘Anthea’ pale cream yellow flowers on silvery foliage blooms for an extended time 24-36 “ tall.
- ‘Coronation Gold’ long lasting bright yellow blooms on gray-green foliage –long bloomer 24-36″ tall
- ‘Moonshine” This is an old standard and still an excellent canary-yellow flowering plant with silvery foliage. Not a spreader. 24″ tall and stays in bloom far longer than most.
- ‘Royal Tapestry’ Royal purple blooms with white centers. repeat bloomer and 24″ tall.
- ‘Walter Funcke’ the flowers on this one are dark brick-red and they fade to a terracotta and cream shade. Cultivars
- Achillea filipendulina ‘Feuerland’ (Fireland) very large red gradually turning apricot yellow, lacy foliage, long bloomer, 24″ tall.
- Achillea millefolium ‘Apfeblute’ (Appleblossom) lilac pink flowers above ferny foliage, compact habit blooms long time, 24″ tall
- Achillea millefolium ‘Christel’ excellent magenta-pink flower heads. 24″ tall.
- Achillea millefolium ‘Heidi’ cherry pink flowers on this yarrow that fade to pale pink, 24″ tall
- Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika’ another cherry red flower that fades to pink then cream, 24″ tall
- Achillea millefolium ‘Red Beauty’ magenta-red flowers, older variety 24″ tall
- Achillea millefolum ‘Red Velvet’ (pictured) deep rose-red flowers with tiny yellow eye. 24-30″ tall
- Achillea millefolium ‘Snow Sport’ white blooms on feathery foliage, long bloomer, 18″ tall