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Achillea ageratifolia (Greek Yarrow)

Balkan Yarrow, Greek Yarrow


Award-winning Achillea ageratifolia (Greek Yarrow) is a charming tufted semi-evergreen perennial forming a low-growing and compact mound of aromatic, narrow, silvery-green leaves, 1.5 in. long (4 cm). The foliage is evergreen in mild winter climates. In spring to early summer, solitary bright white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are borne in small clusters above the foliage. The combination of silver foliage and crisp white flowers is really lovely. Native to the Balkans, this sturdy perennial spreads quickly, but not aggressively, to form a dense mat of attractive silver-gray foliage. Easy care, cold, drought tolerant, and deer resistant, Greek Yarrow is very versatile and can be used as a small-scale groundcover, in rock gardens, containers or along paths where its beauty can be enjoyed close-up.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in lean, dry to medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams. Tolerant of poor soils as long as good drainage is provided. Heavy clay soils and moist, rich, fertile soils should be avoided.
  • A good choice for city gardens, rock gardens, coastal gardens, containers and banks and slopes.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, stem rot, powdery mildew and rust.
  • Cut down flowered stems when finished.
  • Propagate by seed in situ or divide in spring.
  • Native to Greece and Bulgaria.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Achillea - Yarrows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Achillea - Yarrows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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