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Achillea millefolium


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Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour



Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Achillea millefolium

Plant details

Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a common perennial wildflower, typically found growing in grassland, roadsides and waste ground. It has feathery, aromatic leaves and flat white flowerheads, which are attractive to a wide range of pollinators, particularly hoverflies.

It's a good choice for growing in cottage and wildlife garden schemes, due to its informal appearance, spreading habit and attractiveness to pollinators. There are many cultivars of the  species, which come in a variety of colours and heights.

Achillea millefolium thrives in free-draining soil in sull sun to partial shade. It self-seeds readily.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Achillea

Species: millefolium

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to August

Time to divide plants: March to April

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: June to August

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