Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Achillea millefolium Monstrose Rose

Common Name: Monstrose Rose

DescriptionAn Achilles millefolium cultivar with rose flowers.
Pronunciation(ak-i-LEE-ah)(mil-lee-FO-le-um)
Plant TypePerennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone5
Sunlightfull
Moistureaverage, tolerates dry once establish, grows floppy in moist conditions
Soil & Siteaverage, not rich
Flowersdeep rose flowers are actually a flat terminal corymbs of small 1/4" flowers
Leavessimple, dark green, finely divided giving them a fern-like texture and strongly aromatic, larger basal leaves have long petioles and the smaller upper leaves are sessile.
Stemsspreads by rhizomes
Rootsfiborous
Dimensions2 feet, space 18 inches on center, mat-like growth habit
Maintenanceflower stalks are weak and tend to flop, after flowering shear back the plants, plant will form a dense mat of foliage, aggressive spreaders especially in moist rich soils
PropagationVery easy by division. The cultivars may not come true from seed
Native SiteThe species plant Common Yarrow (Achillea milefolium) is native to Europe and Western Asia and considered to be a weed in many areas.
Misc FactsThe species plants have been in cultivation prior to 1440 and used as a herbal remedy for many aliments. The Greek name honors Achilles a warrior of the Trojan wars.
Author's NotesI have grown many different varieties of Achillea millefolium. There seems to be a few secrets to successfully growing them. Avoid rich, moist, poorly drained soils and plant in a full sun site. Also cut back hard after the bloom fades.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills)
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