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Botanical name: Achillea

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Yellow, White

Bloom time: Summer

Yarrow is a hardy perennial with showy flower heads composed of many tiny, tightly-packed flowers. Their fern-like leaves are often aromatic. Yarrows are easy to care for and versatile: they are good for borders, rock gardens, or wildflower meadows. These flowers are excellent for cutting or drying.


  • Use a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil in your garden to about 12 to 15 inches deep, then mix in a 2– to 4–inch layer of compost.
  • Plant in the spring in well-drained, average to poor soil. Yarrows thrive in hot, dry conditions; they will not tolerate wet soil. If you grow yarrows in rich soil, the plants may require stalking because the rich soil encourages growth.
  • Space the plants 1 to 2 feet apart. They are quick to establish and spread, though some species, like Achillea millefolium, are invasive, so be careful when choosing your plants. Most kinds grow to be about 2 to 4 feet tall.


  • Remember to add a thin layer of compost, followed by a 2–inch layer of mulch around your plants each spring.
  • If you receive less than 1 inch of rain a week in the summer, remember to water your plants regularly.
  • Divide yarrow plants every 3 to 5 years. Lift the clumps of flowers in early spring or fall and remove any dead stems from the center of the clump. You can replant the divisions in well-prepared soil.
  • If you plant yarrows from tip cuttings, plant them in spring or early summer.


Recommended Varieties

  • Coronation Gold, for its beautiful mustard-yellow flowers and silvery gray leaves
  • Fanal ("The Beacon"), for its rich red flowers with yellow centers
  • Cerise Queen, to add some bright pink color to your garden


Send a free e-card of this pretty yarrow.

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies


OK...plant has been healthy

By Island Girl

OK...plant has been healthy and happy in her spot. Giving me Fall color even. Do I need to do anything for her before the temperature drops. We have a rather wet Fall right now but we do get some dumps of snow and colder winds. Campbell River, Vancouver Island.

can the seeds be but in the

By denise gaudet

can the seeds be but in the ground in the fall and covered with cloth for winter? also is this plant good for oil extraction? thanks

Hi Denise, Yarrow is best

By Almanac Staff

Hi Denise,
Yarrow is best planted in the spring. See our planting instructions on this page. And yes, you can extract oil from the yarrow flowers.

This summer I purchased 5

By Rhee

This summer I purchased 5 yarrows from a local Home Depot and were already showing signs of serve wilting .. once planted, I decided to cut down the dried stems,just for appearance sake .. wondering if these things will ever come back .. or are they gone!they were in rough shape when I place in the ground, but one surviving stem still has bright yellow flowers on it; lovely

Yarrow is a hardy perennial

By Almanac Staff

Yarrow is a hardy perennial and is likely to come back.

I have been watering my

By Dottie McClelland

I have been watering my Yarrow alot-the yellow blooms are turning brown-did I water to much?

Do you see any bugs or holes

By Almanac Staff

Do you see any bugs or holes in the leaves? If not, some varieties of yarrow hold their color better than others. After bloom, the yarrow will turn brown. You can try cutting it down to see if you'll get a new round of flowers or replace with annuals.

golden yarrow

By Anonymous

i purchase now from a nursery and plant end of Sept for spring blooms or wait to plant in May 2013?
thank you

Yarrow is a hardy perennial

By Almanac Staff

Yarrow is a hardy perennial and can be planted in the fall or spring. Now is a good time to plant if you can find plants at the nursery.

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