November 22, 2017

Color of Summer

Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels'

Janine Pineo Photo | Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Pastels’

Achillea millefolium is a plant that can grow just about anywhere in the United States – and does since it is hardy to Zone 2. Because it is about as common as daisies, that means its potential can be overlooked easily, which is unfortunate given the fine qualities of it cultivars, including ‘Summer Pastels.’ Pictured is the butter yellow hue of a mix that comes in a range that includes pink, salmon, mauve and red. The flower can be used fresh for cutting or even dried for everlasting bouquets. The plant, with its feathery foliage, can top 2 feet in height, preferring full sun, but not overly fussy if the site is moist, dry or in between. Common yarrow is heat- and drought-tolerant, and if the plants are deadheaded, it will keep blooming for months. While you wouldn’t know it to look at it, yarrow has been used through the centuries to treat wounds and staunch bleeding, which prompted its name of herbal militaris.