Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Plant Worth Investigating

Achillea millefolium

This perennial plant is a native to Europe and Asia it is a member of the vast Asteraceae family. The 2"-6" clusters of tiny pink, white, or yellow flowers form atop a 6"-4' spike. (Depending on the individual species) The foliage is fern like. Achillea is drought resistant, and will grow in almost any soil. The plants bloom in June, but will bloom again in September if the dead clusters are removed. Common Yarrow has fern-like foliage and can be used as cut flowers. The species has pink flowers but cultivars can provide white or red blooms. They grow in ordinary garden soil and full sun. Cut off old flowers to prolong the flowering period. Achillea may become a weed if not controlled. Propagation: Divide in the spring. This plant can be grown in semi-shade, say morning sun……it will not bloom as much as in full sun and will not reach max height, but it is fantastic to use with holly ferns and hydrangeas for a wispy fern like clumping appearance. We should use this more in our landscapes, it of course a perennial. This past weekend we were in Fredicksburg, Texas, the landscaping around the pool where we stayed had several clumps of Achillea in mature growth. There was a gentle wind blowing in the pool area and the effect of the wind on the foliage of the Achillea was quite pleasant. Try will like it.....

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