Achillea sibirica

‘Stephanie Cohen’

$9.00

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Description

Achillea sibirica ‘Stephanie Cohen’ –
Large, broad heads of big soft pink buttons.on 45cm. stems. Long lasting cut flower. Sun. Hardy. Able to cope with periods of heat, dry, wind, and frost hardy.

Growing:
– Height with flowers: 45cm.
– Width: 30cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun. Tolerates summer heat and dry well. A water wise ground-cover. Sensible choice for water-wise, windy and coastal gardens. Tolerates lime soil well.
– Soil: Well drained essential. Tolerates poor, rocky, or sandy soil conditions happily. Grows best on lean pickings.. 
– Frost: Hardy, even in hard frosts below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial groundcover.
– 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 sibirica ‘Stephanie Cohen’ foliage give a pleasant aroma, they create a bitter taste. Rabbits and deer find it distasteful.
– Origin: 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.
The genus name Achillea commemorates Achilles, a celebrated warrior in Greek mythology, who 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.
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.

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