Yarrow

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Yarrow Plants

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Yarrow can come in a bright yellow variety, but it can also be red or pink.

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Yarrow is a native plant that’s practically care-free, making it perfect for borders, ground covers, and open meadows.

Sold as a hardy and versatile perennial, yarrow has showy flower heads composed of many tiny, tightly-packed flowers rising above clusters of ferny foliage. The flowers may be yellow, red, pink, or a number of shades in between.

Yarrow is pest-resistant, drought-resistant, attracts butterflies, and is excellent for cutting and drying.

It’s also an aromatic herb which has many healing properties!

Planting

  • 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. Yarrow thrives in hot, dry conditions; they will not tolerate wet soil. If you grow yarrow in rich soil, the plants may require stalking due to overenthusiastic 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.

Care

  • 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.

Yarrow flowers.

Pests/Diseases

Recommended Varieties

Wit & Wisdom

Native Americans used ground yarrow infused in water as a wash to treat sunburns. It is also sometimes used as a remedy for anxiety and stress.

Yarrow is thought to symbolize everlasting love. Find out more flower meanings here.

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