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Achillea nobilis

Noble yarrow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.1m to 0.5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPale yellow or cream
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Achillea nobilis (Noble yarrow). This species of wild flower has mid green leaves and stems which are covered with hairs. Very pale yellow or cream flowers are formed from early to late summer. The flowers are smaller and produced in larger numbers than its relative A. millefolium.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

Eurasia

Interest and use

Borders and rock gardens. Flower heads may be dried for winter decoration. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Used in traditional medicine to staunch bleeding and to raise temperature to increase sweating. Yarrow's use as a medicine may stretch back to 60,000 BC, based on the evidence of plants found in a Neanderthal burial site.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will tolerate most soils but grow well in a sunny, well drained soil. The taller species and cultivars will need staking. Tall species and cultivars need staking.

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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