Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Achillea millefolium Angelique

Common Name: Angelique

DescriptionA Achillea millefolium cultivar with red flowers. Reported not to flop as much as other A. millefolium cultivars.
Pronunciation(ak-i-LEE-ah)(mil-lee-FO-le-um)
Plant TypePerennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone3-9
Sunlightfull
Moistureaverage, tolerates dry
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowersdeep red 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
Rootsfiborus
Dimensions20-24 inches, spreads 24 plus, mat-like growth habit
MaintenanceThe flower stalks are weak and tend to flop. After flowering shear back the plants and they will form a dense mat of foliage. Plants are aggressive spreaders especially in moist rich soils.
Propagationvery easy by division, cultivars may not come true from seed
Native SiteThe species plant Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) 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. They will tend to flop more in opposite conditions. Also cut back hard after the bloom fades.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills)