Growing 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.

Planting Times

Growing Yarrow

Botanical Name

Achillea

Plant Type Flower
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Loamy, Sandy
Soil pH
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink, Red, Yellow
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Special Features Attracts Butterflies