Yarrow

Achillea millefolium 'Red Beauty'

Yarrow - Achillea millefolium  'Red Beauty'

Common Name: Yarrow
Genus: Achillea
Species: millefolium
Cultivar: 'Red Beauty'

This Genus is named after the Ancient Greek hero Achilles, whose soldiers used Achillea to treat wounds according to the Iliad.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

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 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 on tall stems and ferny foliage beneath. This one has has masses of tiny deep red flowers. It is long flowering and drought-tolerant. Try it in a sunny spot towards the back of an herbaceous border in a border of hot colours or among grasses. It makes an excellent cut flower.

  • Garden care: Achilleas do not like wet soil. Stake using bamboo canes or brushwood before the flowers appear. Cut down to the ground in late winter but resist the urge to do this earlier as the seed heads look lovely in the winter light. Pull out seedlings as they appear as they rarely match the parent plant. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring.


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