Achillea x 'Moonshine'Item #0135 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
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A fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers on narrow stems held well above ferny, grey-green foliage clumps. Use to accent sunny borders and rock gardens, or in mass plantings to create a bold band of color throughout summer. A great cut flower, fresh or dried. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Clumping foliage 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-KIL-lee-aPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 24, 26, 28 - 45Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Clumping foliage 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:YellowDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.