Achillea or Yarrow - colourful flowering border plants

Rank: Genus

Achillea or Yarrows are very tolerant border perennials that can do well in most situations but don't like heavy, wet soil. They have a wide veriety of colours, from deep reds and pinks through orange, yellow and white. Easy to grow perennial that will keep spreading over time.
The leaves are fern-like and often are aromatic. The name Achillea is from Greek mythology as the leaves were used to treat the wounds of Achilles' Soldiers.


Scientific name: Achillea
Common names: Yarrow
Genus: Achillea
Family: Asteraceae/Compositae
Related plants: Aster, Daisy, Sunflower

Growing Conditions

Position: full sun, partial shade
Soil type: clay, sandy, loamy
Soil pH: weak-acid, neutral, weak-alkaline
Moisture: moist, well drained

Pink Yarrow (Achillea millifolium) such as 'Pretty Belinda' with its striking shades of pink.

White with yellow centers such as Achillea ptarmica 'Aunt Stientje'.

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