Paprika Common Yarrow

Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'

Finely textured, fern-like gray-green foliage create a soft background for the tall heads of bright-red flowers. A proven performer in hot, dry situations with poor soil. Flower heads can be dried.
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Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-KIL-lee-uh mill-ee-FOH-lee-um
LoreIn 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 used ever since to treat wounds on the battlefield. Flowers of yarrow are known as "
Average Size at MaturityFoliage grows to 2 ft. tall, flowers to 3 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasAn outstanding Mediterranean aromatic everlasting for southern European looks in beds and borders. Makes a fine easy perennial for the border with long lasting color. Works nicely in dryland xeriscapes where it matches demands of arid western natives. A traditional component of herb, cutting and knot gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth HabitClump-forming
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsYarrow is a natural with other Mediterraneans such as Hazel Spanish Lavender, (Lavandula stoechas 'Hazel'), Lena Scotch Broom, (Cytisus x 'Lena'), Brilliancy Rock Rose, (Cistus x 'Brilliancy') and Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage, (Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove spent flower stems. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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