• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clumping foliage 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Waterwise Blooms
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KIL-lee-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 26, 28 - 45
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Clumping foliage 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Heat Loving, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasAn outstanding Mediterranean aromatic for everlasting color in beds and borders. Works nicely in dryland xeriscapes where it matches demands of arid western natives. A traditional component of herb, cutting and knot gardens.
    Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Scotch Broom (Cytisus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Rock Rose (Cistus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in lean to average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Tolerates dry spells when established in landscape; water container plants regularly, when soil surface becomes dry. For a tidy appearance, remove spent flower stems.Pruning time: fall. divide spring or fall, as needed.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus was named for the Greek, Achilles with this species a native perennial of Europe. In the mythical siege of Troy, it is said that yarrow was the plant given by the centaur Chiron to the Greek general, Achilles. It's foliage is a natural coagulant and was used to treat wounds on the battlefield. The genus includes over one hundred species. Achillea x 'Moonshine' is a hybrid of A. taygetea, a native of Greece and A. millefolium, the most common form.