• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps to 1 ft. tall, spreading 3-5 ft. wide. Flower stalks 2-3 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Perennial
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KIL-lee-a meel-lee-FO-le-um
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 26, 28 - 45
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps to 1 ft. tall, spreading 3-5 ft. wide. Flower stalks 2-3 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasPerfect plant for the arid perennial border. A traditional component of herb gardens due to its aromatic foliage and everlasting flowers. Fits nicely into pots, beds and borders of Mediterranean style compositions. May naturalize to provide interest along wild garden dry stream beds, banks and open spaces.
    Companion PlantsGroup this with other Mediterranean plants such as Little Ollie Dwarf Olive, (Olea europea 'Montra'), Arp Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp'), Black Flowering Fountain Grass, (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry') and Provance French Lavender, (Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This native perennial of Europe has for centuries been found in every herb garden. The genus includes about 100 species. Its history as battlefield wound dressing led Linnaeus to name it after the Greek general Achilles who was, according to myth, given the plant by the gods. The species is naturally white flowered, with this the most popular of the colored species.
    Lore:
    Achillea is a natural coagulant herb carried by Greek and Roman warriors into the battlefield to treat wounds, and often planted around carpenter's shops.

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