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Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow)

White Yarrow, Common Yarrow, Western Yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil

Achillea Millefolium, White Yarrow, Common Yarrow, Western Yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil, yarrow plant, yarrow flower, summer perennial, drought tolerant perennial, White Achillea

Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow) is a graceful perennial wildflower that produces an abundance of huge, flat clusters, 5 in. across (12 cm), packed with 20-25 creamy-white flowers. They are borne on tall stems atop a pleasantly aromatic, green, fern-like foliage that is disease resistant. Both flowers and foliage are attractive and long-lasting, making White Yarrow a wonderful garden plant and a great choice for prairie or meadow plantings.

  • Blooming for weeks from early to late summer, this eye-catching beauty easily enlivens any sunny corner of the garden.
  • Grows in a sturdy, upright clump up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Light shade is tolerated, but the best coloring and flowering are obtained in full sun. Dry soils are also tolerated. Avoid rich, moist soils, which would cause your Yarrow to get floppy or leggy. Good drainage is essential.
  • A vital ingredient of mixed borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens, coastal gardens, prairies, and meadows, or as a ground cover. This Yarrow is also valued for the excellent quality of its cut flowers, whether in bouquets or dried floral arrangements.
  • Easy care, drought, heat, humidity tolerant, and deer and rabbit resistant, this Achillea is a perennial rich in many qualities aside from its good looks.
  • Yarrows are a must if you are trying to attract butterflies!
  • Deadheading will extend the bloom season. Cutting back after initial flowering will promote a rebloom.
  • This plant self-seeds actively and can naturalize quickly if not monitored.
  • Achillea millefolium species is native to Europe, Western Asia, and North America.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Achillea, commonly known as Yarrow, belongs to the Asteraceae family, including asters, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. The genus was named after Achilles, the hero of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology, who used the plant to stop the bleeding and heal the wounds of his soldiers. Brightening the garden throughout the summer, this perennial plant is versatile, easy to propagate, and available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Achillea
Common names Achillea, Yarrow
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Northeast, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, California, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Achillea millefolium ‘Oertel’s Rose’ (Yarrow)
Achillea millefolium ‘Pretty Belinda’ (Yarrow)

Recommended Companion Plants

Echinacea (Coneflower)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)
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Achillea (Yarrow)
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Achillea
Common names Achillea, Yarrow
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Northeast, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, California, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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