|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
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
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
In the fall, you should cut the yarrow plants to the ground. They will come
back in the spring growing from the root ball.