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Fernleaf Yarrow

Achillea filipendulina

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Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Achillea filipendulina in bloom

Achillea filipendulina in bloom

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Description:

This tall growing yarrow has fern-like foliage that has an untidy appearance because of the irregular way it grows; the golden flowers are arranged in corymbs and are very large, up to 5 inches across; a wonderful border planting; stunning when massed

Ornamental Features

Fernleaf Yarrow is smothered in stunning corymbs of gold flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated ferny pinnately compound leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fernleaf Yarrow is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Fernleaf Yarrow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Fernleaf Yarrow will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Fernleaf Yarrow is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features