Achillea ‘Feuerland’ FIRELAND –
Through the Summer months and into Autumn this achillea produces masses of small scarlet red flowers. Each complete with a warm yellow eye. Each plate of blooms sits above finely cut, deep green foliage on stiff stems. Achillea ‘Feuerland’ FIRELAND foliage gives perfect contrast to the array of warm colours these flowers display as they age.
Excellent cut flowers
Achillea ‘Feuerland’ FIRELAND’ 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
Lovely deep 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.
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun. Tolerates summer heat, humidity 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 also 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 clump with pretty ferny silver foliage all year round. Makes a neat clump with no runners.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Bees and also 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. But 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 ‘Feuerland’ FIRELAND 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, but that is just a few common names, there are even more.
The genus name Achillea celebrates an ancient Greek warrior, Achilles. He also used this plant, finding it useful to heal war wounds.
A pioneer plant in Australia
Early sailing ships brought the original Achillea to Australia, with the European settlers. Pioneering farmers considered it an important addition in their family medicine chest, as well as fodder and tonic for their sheep.