Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’
Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ is valued for neat, dwarf compact growth, continuous free-flowering, and crisp pure colour.
Crisp creamy lemon
‘Hella Glashoff’ has clear lemon heads which open from vivid lemon buds, and mature to soft creamy lemon.
Many of the older Achillea varieties suffered the problem of unattractive fading. So as their flowers matured they looked like washed out dirty rags. ‘Hella Glashoff’ retains crisp and clear colour from go to whoa, as she transitions from lemon to cream.
While the greyish foliage colour perfectly complements the lemon of the flowers.
(Please see ‘Growing’ section below for details and how, where to grow)
Neat compact clump for a small space
‘Hella Glashoff’ is a particularly neat and compact grower, with a tight clump of feathery grey-green foliage.
There are no runners.
So she is perfectly suited to a small garden because the flowers are so large and prolific, from such a compact clump.
Excellent cut flowers
Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ 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 clean colours for weeks.
‘Hella Glashoff’ is a valuable commercial floristry flower, and has a later flowering season then others, so also spreads the season of colour.
Aromatic, insect repelling foliage
‘Hella Glashoff”s lovely greyish foliage is a feature all year round. It grows 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 potpourri and insect repellent sachets have traditionally been made with dried Achillea leaves.
Hardy, tough & water-wise
This Achillea 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. It certainly is a robust and water-wise plant.
Growing: Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’
– Height with flowers: 70cm. approx.
– Width: Clump to a diameter of 40cm. 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 grey-green foliage all year round. “Hella Glashoff’ is a particularly compact and 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.
So it is an exceptionally hardy and adaptable plant.
Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ 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.
Masterpiece of modern breeding
Ernst Pagels became a legend in plant breeding 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 profitable commercial cut flowers.
He desired profuse flowering, non-fading colour, beautiful foliage, and compact non-invasive growth.
And ‘Hella Glashoff’ ticked all his boxes.
And a pioneer plant in Australia
The first Achilleas came to Australia, with the early European settlers.
Pioneering farmers considered it an important ingredient in their family medicine chest, as well as fodder and tonic for their sheep.