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To grow yarrow, which produces white, yellow, orange, pink and red flowers, provide full, hot sun and good drainage. Chop back yarrow plants in the middle of summer to get more blooms through the fall with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow yarrow, or Achillea. It's a beautiful perennial from Europe and Asia. There's over eighty-five species of Achillea, and most of 'em are native to Europe, and then into the...southern Asia. So they grow all over the planet. And they're beautiful. They have fern-like foliage that smells really good, and has little hairs all over it. And then they bear masses of big, flat, heads of little, tiny daisy flowers. And they bloom late spring to fall, and they come in shades of white, yellow, orange, pink and red. And, they're great for mass border plantings and rockeries. Their flower heads can be dried, and they even retain their color. And they're named after Achilles, who in Greek mythology used the plant to heal his wounds. Yarrow is an easy plant to grow. Just make sure it has full, hot sun and good drainage. And, it's great to chop 'em back in the middle of the summer. A lot of times you'll get blooms again by fall. Whenever they look ratty, chop 'em back. Especially in the fall, chop 'em all the way down. And they're hardy, pretty much in zones four to nine, so they can handle quite a lot of cold temperatures. And they're a great addition to your garden.