ACHILLEA Yarrow, Milfoil

There are several Yarrows for the back or middle of the border. All are easy to grow with no special soil requirements and the pungent, ferny foliage iscrowned in midsummer with flat heads or loose clusters of tiny flowers. It is excellent for cutting – the flower-heads can be dried for winter decoration. Yarrow will withstand dry conditions but may need staking on an exposed site. Cut down to ground level in autumn.

VARIETIES: A. filipendulina ‘Gold Plate’ is a popular variety. It grows 4.5 ft high and bears flat-topped 6 in. yellow heads – like other herbaceous border Yarrows it should be planted at 2 ft intervals and the flowers appear between June and September. ‘Coronation Gold’ is smaller (3 ft) and the golden heads are more compact – the silvery-leaved ‘Moonshine’ (2 ft) is even shorter. A. ptarmica is quite different – “Perry’s White’ and ‘The Pearl’ (2.5 ft) bear loose clusters of ball-shaped white flowers. Still another variant is A. millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’ (oval heads of deep pink flowers).

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in theopen in late spring or divide clumps in autumn or spring.

A. filipendulina Coronation Gold’

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