Long blooming colour
This Achillea bred by Alan Bloom is a great choice for any sunny location, providing soft primrose-yellow clusters, fading to cream throughout the summer months.
It forms a bushy mound of silvery-grey foliage. The pretty, ferny foliage has a pleasant, spicy aroma that persists when used in dried arrangements.
Long lasting flower display almost right through year, except winter. Foliage remains as an evergreen clump in winter. 60cm high x 40cm wide. This beautifully coloured, recently bred Achillea ‘Anthea’ is a clump former rather than a spreader.
Useful as well as hardy
Leaves can be dried for potpourri and insect repellent sachets. The grey-green leaves are a perfect colour foil for the lovely primrose yellow and lemon shades of the flower heads.
Flowers are excellent for cutting, fresh or dried, with strong, easily cleaned stems. Blooms last for ages in a vase.
Tough & easy to grow
Tolerates hot and dry conditions well, as well as summer humidity, and poor soils. A very water-wise plant.
– Height with flowers: 60cm
– Width: 40cm approx. Clump forming, does not produce spreading runners.
– Position: Full Sun. Tolerates summer heat and humidity well, as well as periods of dry. A water wise plant.
– Soil: Achillea is very un-fussy about soil type, though good drainage is essential. Will tolerate poor soil conditions well. Achillea flower production is best if grown lean. Overfeeding produces leaf growth at the expense of strong flower stems. Best kept lean and mean. Excellent in sandy, or rocky soils. Good choice for coastal gardens.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Bees and Butterflies visit the flowers happily as a great source of both pollen and nectar. Achillea also attracts beneficial ladybirds. Some birds favour Achillea leaves as nest lining, as the essential oils in the foliage is thought to inhibit parasites in the nest. An extract from the essential oils is also a traditional control mosquito larvae.
– Care: Easy care. Low maintenance. Shearing spent flower stems will tidy the clump quickly. Division every few years will keep the clump producing prolific flower stems. No other work is required.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although the essential oils in Achillea foliage give a pleasant aroma, they create a bitter taste. Rabbits and deer find it distasteful.
– Origin: Achilleas inhabit many regions throughout the northern hemisphere – from from Turkey to Siberia, India to North America. They are an adaptable and hardy family of plants.
– Traditional Uses: An ancient healing herb, Achillea has gathered a battalion of common names over the centuries of use by healers. Many of the common names relate to traditional antiseptic uses in treating wounds and staunching blood flow; Soldier’s woundwort, nosebleed plant, bloodwort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milefoil, sanguinary, stanchweed, thousand seal, thousand-seal, death flower.
– Myths & Legends: The genus name Achillea commemorates Achilles, a celebrated warrior in Greek mythology, who reputedly used the plant medicinally to stop bleeding and to heal the wounds of his soldiers.
Other common names relate to the attractive foliage, its scent, essential oils, and fern-like texture; old man’s pepper, bad man’s plaything, old man’s mustard, devil’s nettle, little feather, thousand-leaf, seven-year’s love, and yarrow are just a few of them. Achillea was also used in medieval times as a flavouring in beer brewing, and as a preservative for beer – a very important role when water was often a health hazard.