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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


***Will Be Ready End of June/July***

Common Name: Yarrow

Scientific Name: Achillea millefolium

Type of Plant: Herbaceous perennial

Sun Requirements: Full sun

Soil Requirements: Well-draining soil; tolerates poor to average soil

Moisture Requirements: Low to moderate moisture; drought-tolerant once established

Season of Interest: Late spring to summer

Height: Typically 1-3 feet tall

Width: 1-2 feet wide

Flower Color: White, yellow, pink, or red flowers in dense, flat-topped clusters

Ideal Planting Locations: Meadows, borders, rock gardens, and naturalized areas

Benefits for the Area: Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; provides a long-lasting display of color; drought-tolerant and low-maintenance; can be used as a ground cover or in mass plantings.

Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic properties; known to stop bleeding and treat wounds.

Edible Uses: Leaves can be used sparingly in salads for their aromatic and bitter flavor; flowers can be used to make herbal teas.

Host Plant for:

  • Various butterflies and moths

Spring Care: Cut back any dead growth from the previous year; divide clumps if they become too large.

Summer Care: Water during prolonged dry periods to maintain moderate moisture levels; deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms and prevent self-seeding.

Fall Care: Cut back the plant after the first frost; mulch around the base to protect roots during winter.

Winter Care: Yarrow is hardy and typically requires minimal care during winter; ensure mulch remains in place to provide root protection.

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