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Achillea millefolium

Common yarrow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.08m to 0.65m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite, tinged red yellow
  • Leaf ColourBright grey-green

Description

Achillea millefolium (Common yarrow). This is a hardy perennial with fern-like dark green leaves. It has white flat headed flowers. Used in traditional medicine and also grown as a companion plant as it attracts beneficial insects such as ladybirds and hoverflies.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Northern Hemisphere

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, dried arrangements, borders, medicinal. Yarrow was used to flavour beer in the Middle Ages before hops became fashionable.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

This species prefers full sun, and a well drained soil.

Propagation

By division in early spring or autumn, or by softwood cuttings in early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew is common and aphids may be a problem.

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