Growing Yarrow

Botanical Name:

Achillea millefolium

Life Cycle:

perennial

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

12" to 36"

Exposure:

full sun

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil; adaptable to poor conditions

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Hardiness:

zones 3-9

Bloom Time:

summer to fall

Flower:

a variety of colors (pink, yellow and white) in a variety of shapes (flat-umbel, button or daisy)

Foliage:

green feathery foliage

Propagation:

seeds and division

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, cut flowers, slopes and hot and airy dry sites

Growing Hints:

Start with purchased plants or sow seeds indoors in early winter if you want plants to flower the first year. Deadhead flowers to prolong blooming period and divide them every 3 to 5 years in the spring or fall if they get crowded.

Interesting Facts:

Cut flowers will last longer if Yarrows are picked when about half the buds in the clusters have opened. Add them to a vase with 2 to 3 inches of water in the bottom. If you plan on drying them, don't replace the water in the vase once it's gone-the flower will dry right in the vase.

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