Yarrow Seeds & Plants

Cold hardy, low maintenance, and drought tolerant

The Achillea genus contains mostly herbaceous perennials, commonly called yarrow, that bloom from early spring to late fall. Typically borne in dense, flattened terminal clusters, the tiny, bright flowers come in a range of colors, including cream, yellow, pink, and red, with some bicolors. The long-lasting wildflowers attract bees, butterflies, and songbirds and make excellent additions to fresh or dried arrangements.

Achillea is a genus of about 110 to 114 species, including A. clypeolata (moonshine yarrow), A. filipendulina (fern leaf yarrow, soldier’s woundwort), A. ptarmica (sneezeworts), A. taygetea (Egyptian yarrow), and A. millefolium (common yarrow, devil’s nettle, dog daisy, milfoil, thousand leaf), the most widespread cultivar. The genus has a long history as a natural remedy for healing wounds and treating headaches, inflammation, and pain. Dried yarrow is a fragrant herb with a spicy flavor and an aroma like rosemary and oregano. Yarrow has an upright to mat-forming habit of fern-like foliage and spreads rapidly by rhizomes and self-seeding to form large colonies. Yarrow works well as a flowering ground cover in naturalized areas or in cottage or rock gardens. It’s also a nice plant for flowerpots.

Yarrow thrives in full sun and lean, well-drained soil. Cold hardy and low maintenance, it is drought tolerant and disease and pest resistant. Rabbits and deer usually leave it alone. Plant yarrow in a location protected from strong winds and deadhead spent blooms or cut plants back to basal foliage after bloom to encourage new foliage and a possible reflowering in fall. To reinvigorate the plants, divide clumps every few years.