Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'
Common Name: Yarrow
Cultivar: 'Red Velvet'
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: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.50 m (50 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Red|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: July & August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
The flattened rosy-red flowerheads are held on upright stems above the aromatic fern-like foliage throughout summer. This cultivar is said to have a good resistance to colour fade. Best in full sun in the middle rank of the border. 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 secondary flush in late summer/early autumn. Old clumps can be revived by lifting splitting and replanting in spring.