Butter saffron petals that age to a buff sandy colour. A lovely, unusual colour that blends well with pinks, yellows and oranges and compliments blues and purples.
Achillea are great garden plants. They produce plenty of flowers and don’t need a lot of fuss. They don’t mind the hot or a bit of dry either.
Achillea are tolerant of poor soils and like a sunny position, they are easy going and will also grow well in a pot.
The dark green leaves have soft, silver hairs, they form a dense clump that is great for suppressing those nasty weeds.
Achillea is commonly known as Sneezewort or Yarrow. The botanical name for the common form is Achillea ptarmica. Achillea is named for the Greek mythological hero who found healing qualities in plants. ptarmica is from the green ptario which means to sneeze. When the foliage is crushed it has a fragrance which can cause sneezing. In fact, the dried leaves were used to make sneezing powder.
Late spring to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean