The colour of Achillea ‘Credo’ is soft and elegant.
Lemon buds open to soft creamy-lemon blooms, which eventually mature to cream heads.
Soft & elegant colour
Ash-grey-green foliage provides the perfect, refined foil.
There is not one brash note from Achillea ‘Credo’. Even the growth habit produces a neat, tight and polite garden clump.
Excellent cut flowers
Achillea ‘Credo’ provides excellent cut flowers of commercial quality, with strong, easily cleaned stems.
Plus those softly coloured flower heads last for ages in a vase, displaying all their evolving colours.
Aromatic, insect repelling foliage
‘Credo’ has lovely ash-grey-green foliage which is a feature all year round, in a tight, neat clump.
Achillea foliage has a pleasant, spicy aroma to us, though insects dislike the scent.
Fortunately the aromatic oils persist strongly when the leaves are dried.
So fragrant potpourri and insect repellent sachets have traditionally been made with dried Achillea leaves.
Colour for months
‘Credo’ blooms repeatedly for much of year, except in winter.
So there are always lovely flowers for both garden display and vases.
Neat & non invasive
Achillea ‘Credo’ does not have any invasive runners. It is one of the newly bred Achilleas that neatly clump, and bloom their socks off.
Hardy, tough & water-wise
Achillea ‘Credo’ tolerates hot and dry conditions well; copes with summer humidity; smiles at hard frosts; and shrugs off periods of dry.
It even thrives in poor soils.
‘Credo’ is certainly robust and water-wise.
Growing: Achillea ‘Credo’
– Height with flowers: 75cm. approx.
– Width: Clump to a diameter of 45cm. approx. with no spreading runners.
– Position: Full Sun. Tolerates summer heat and humidity well, as well as periods of dry.
– Water-wise: A water wise plant.
– Soil: Achillea is very un-fussy about soil type, though good drainage is essential.
It will tolerate poor soil conditions well.
In fact Achillea flower production is best if it is grown lean and mean. Because overfeeding produces leaf growth at the expense of strong flower stems.
It is excellent in sandy, or rocky soils and a good choice for coastal gardens.
– Frost: Hardy, even in hard frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clump with pretty ferny foliage all year round. Makes a neat clump with no runners.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Bees and Butterflies delight in visiting the flowers for both pollen and nectar.
Achillea also attracts beneficial ladybirds.
Birds seem to favour Achillea leaves for nest lining, as it is thought the essential oils in the foliage inhibits parasites in the nest.
An extract from the essential oils is a traditional control for mosquito larvae.
– Easy Care: Easy care and low maintenance. The clump is quickly tidied by shearing spent flower stems.
You can increase flower production further by dividing and sharing your clump every few years.
No other work is required.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer find Achillea distasteful because the essential oils create a bitter taste in the foliage.
Achillea is native to many different areas in Europe and Asia, from the heat of Turkey to the cold of Siberia; from the humidity of India to the extremes of climate in North America.
Hence the exceptional hardiness and ability to adapt to a wide range of difficult conditions, that Achilleas have.
So it is often found thriving on poor and neglected land.
Achillea ‘Credo’ is a non-invasive modern cultivar, but equally as hardy as it’s wild (and invasive) cousins.
Traditional healing herb
Achillea has gathered a battalion of common names over the centuries.
Unsurprisingly, many names relate to its use as an antiseptic for treating wounds and staunching blood flow.
Thus common names include Soldier’s woundwort, nosebleed plant, bloodwort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milefoil, sanguinary, stanchweed, thousand seal, and scarily, death flower.
While other common names relate to its attractive foliage, 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, to mention just a few common names.
The genus name Achillea celebrates an ancient Greek warrior, Achilles.
He also used this plant to heal war wounds.
Important for beer
In medieval times Achillea was used as a flavouring in beer brewing, and as a preservative for beer.
Both very important roles considering water was a health hazard then.
Given their daily beer intake as a replacement for water, medieval man, and woman, must have spent a lot of time pickled.
A revolutionary new cultivar
Legendary German plant breeder, Ernst Pagels introduced so many wonderful new Achillea cultivars, including ‘Credo’.
So in the late 20th century, at the age of 80+, Ernst took on a little “retirement” project – to take Achilleas from neglected weedy plants, to “must have” garden treasures and commercial cut flower varieties. He did it in spades!!
And a pioneer plant in Australia
Early sailing ships brought the original Achillea to Australia, with the European settlers. Pioneering farmers considered it an important ingredient in their family medicine chest, as well as fodder and tonic for their sheep.