The Yarrow Produces Mounds of Beautiful Flowers.

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, YouCanLearnSeries.com
Updated:
October 15, 2005

The yarrow comes in a variety of colors, pink, yellow and lavendar. The wispy leaves require little care. The yarrow will grow best in the sun, though it can be grown in the shade. If you grow it in the shade you may need to stake the plants as they can become floppy.

The common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, or A. filipendulina, will grow best in dry soils. Do not overwater. When the plants appear dry then water. Overwatering causes floppy plants and could be a source of root rot.

Because the yarrow tolerates dry areas, it makes a nice companion planting with salvias, veronicas, black eyed susans and goldenrod. You can also add them with your coneflowers.

You will find the yarrow requires little care. You can remove flowers and dry them for beautiful arrangements that will last a number of years. For flower arrangements, cut before the pollen ripens. If you aren't cutting the flowers for floral arrangements, then you want to deadhead spent flowers to keep the yarrow flowering.

In the fall, you should cut the yarrow plants to the ground. They will come back in the spring growing from the root ball.
Perennial Full Sun
Do not overwater Does well in poor soil with good drainage
Grows to 1 to 3 feet high Grows 2 to 3 feet wide
Flowers from June to September Colors of Pink, Yellow and Lavendar

Click on yarrow photo to see larger photo.
A photo from above the Yarrow.
A view of the Yarrow Perennial flowers from above.

    

The Yarrow plant has thin leaves and mounds of flowers.
The Yarrow plant has thin leaves and mounds of flowers.
The Yarrow plant shows off its mounds of flowers.

    
You can place the yarrow in sunny, dry spots in your garden. The common yarrow becomes a floppy plant, but you can find hybrids at your local landscaping store that tend to stand up better. I have yarrow that was planted in the shade that doesn't seem to flower very well.

You can plant the yarrow in the spring or in the fall. It is best to divide the plants in the fall or in the spring. This perennial will do well in tough areas of your garden and works well as a border plant.

Remember to keep the soil dry, give it plenty of sunshine and then enjoy the mounds of flowers the yarrow produces throughout the summer. The yarrow will grow 1 to 3 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. Enjoy the flowers for years in dry flower arrangements or as cut flowers.


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