Achillea, Yarrow

Bloom Season:   Summer

Plant Habit: Mounding, upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 12-20", depending on variety

Exposure: Sun

Varieties available: Colorado


General Information: 

Achillea, commonly known as yarrow or sneezewort, is a hardy perennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia, but can now be found in gardens all over the world.

Achillea thrives in full sunlight, so it is important to choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. This will ensure that your plants grow strong and produce abundant blooms.

Achillea prefers well-draining soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, consider adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve drainage. This will prevent waterlogging and root rot, which can be detrimental to the health of your plants.

While Achillea is a drought-tolerant plant, it still requires regular watering, especially during dry spells. Water your plants deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases.

Achillea is a relatively low-maintenance plant and does not require heavy fertilization. However, you can give your plants a boost by applying a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. This will provide them with the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

Pruning Achillea is not necessary for its overall health, but it can help maintain a neat and tidy appearance. After the first flush of blooms has faded, you can deadhead the flowers by removing the spent blooms. This will encourage the plant to produce more flowers and extend the blooming period.

Achillea is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally be affected by aphids, powdery mildew, or rust. To prevent these issues, ensure good air circulation around your plants and remove any infected leaves or stems promptly. If necessary, you can use organic insecticides or fungicides to control the problem.




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