Achillea 'Walther Funcke'
Common Name: Yarrow
Cultivar: 'Walther Funcke'
This Genus is named after the Ancient Greek hero Achilles, whose soldiers used Achillea to treat wounds according to the Iliad.
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, 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: Red, Orange, Yellow|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June to September|
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 masses of tiny orange-red flowers with yellow centres aging to creamy yellow and is more resistant to flopping over in wet weather than most other achilleas. 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: 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 host plant. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring.