Achillea millefolium 'Lilac Beauty'
Common Name: Yarrow
Cultivar: 'Lilac Beauty'
This Genus is named after the Ancient Greek hero Achilles, whose soldiers used Achillea to treat wounds according to the Iliad.
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Pink, Lilac|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June to August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained
Achilleas are in vogue again thanks in part to the many different colours and improved cultivars that have become available in recent years.Achillea was named by Linnaeus the modern father of horticulture in honour of the Greek hero Achilles. They are generally short-lived perennials with flat plate-like flowerheads held high above ferny foliage. This one produces a profusion of rosy lilac flowers which fade slightly with age to a lavender pink. Best in full sun in the middle rank of the border where it will associate well with dark spires of Salvia nemerosa and any of the Nepta family. Achilleas will attract many beneficial insects including bees, butterflies and hoverflies to the garden.
Garden care: Protect from Slugs. Stake using twiggy stems before the flowers appear. Cut back after first flowering to encourage a secondary flush in late summer/early autumn. Old clumps can be revived by lifting, splitting and replanting in spring.