Description

Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’ –
Short stems bearing flat sprays of brick red heads maturing to rich terracotta, elegant atop clumps of silver foliage. Tough as tough can be, it can even be mown as an aromatic lawn.

Growing:
– Height with flowers: 45cm approx.
– Width: 40cm spread approx.
– Position: Full Sun. Tolerates summer heat and humidity well, as well as periods of dry. A water wise plant.
– Soil: Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’ 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: 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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