Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Achillea millefolium Feuerland

Common Name: Fireland Yarrow, Fireland Achilles

DescriptionAn hybrid Achiilea with red flowers fading to apricot gold.
Plant TypePerennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone3-9
Moistureaverage, tolerates dry once establish, grows floppy in moist conditions
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowers2-4 inches across, blood red flowers fades to a muted apricot-gold, 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
Dimensions2-3 feet tall
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
Native SiteThe species plant Common Yarrow (Achillea milefolium) is native to Europe and Western Asia and considered to be a weed in many areas.
Cultivar OriginA German introduction resulting from a cross between A. millefolium x A.'Taygetea'.
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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