An hybrid Achiilea with red flowers fading to apricot gold.
average, tolerates dry once establish, grows floppy in moist conditions
Soil & Site
2-4 inches across, blood red flowers fades to a muted apricot-gold, a flat terminal corymbs of small 1/4" flowers
simple, 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
2-3 feet tall
flower 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
The species plant Common Yarrow (Achillea milefolium) is native to Europe and Western Asia and considered to be a weed in many areas.
A German introduction resulting from a cross between A. millefolium x A.'Taygetea'.
The 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.
I 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.