Native Plants for pollinators: Achillea millefolium – Yarrow

Jun 13, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Native Plants for Pollinators

Achillea millefolium – Yarrow

Achillea millefolium


Achillea millefolium, also known as yarrow is best grown in dry to medium, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. Plants do well in average garden soils and tolerate poor soils as long as drainage is good. Plants also tolerate hot, humid summers and drought. If grown ornamentally, plants are best sited in locations protected from strong winds. Plant stems tend to flop, particularly in hot, humid climates such as St. Louis and/or if grown in moist, rich soils.

Consider cutting back plant stems in late spring before flowering to reduce overall plant height. Cutting plants back to lateral flower buds after initial flowering will tidy the planting and encourage additional bloom. Plants may also be cut back to basal foliage after bloom. Divide clumps as needed (every 2-3 years) to maintain vitality of the planting. Plants spread aggressively by rhizomes and self-seeding, and can naturalize into substantial colonies if left unchecked.

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Common Name: yarrow
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Air Pollution

(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)

Achillea millefolium foliage

Achillea millefolium foliage

Achillea millefolium flowers

Achillea millefolium flowers

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