Achillea – Plant of the Week (12th July)

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Achillea are a long flowering plant that provide a pop of colour. They are a perennial so they die down each year and come up again the following season. They are especially good for pollinators with small mouth parts as their nectar is easy to access. I’ve sat and watched hover flies visit mine this summer. There have been all sorts of small insects that visit my plant; I’ve not identified any, however, they are said to attract lacewings and predatory wasps (not the kind that will sting you!) as well as hoverflies. These are all beneficial insects to have in the garden.

White achillea.
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

They come in different colours to the traditionally wild white and popular yellow. You can now get achilleas in oranges and pinks, so there will be one to fit most colour schemes.

Other Names for Achillea

This plant has many different names including, most popularly, yarrow. Other names include nosebleed plant, sanguinary and soldier’s woundwort. It was supposedly used to stem the flow of blood from wounds by soldiers.

Bright yellow achillea.
Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Achillea Likes

They like well drained soil and will do well in full or partial sun. They respond well to division every few years and will regrow reliably from a smaller clump after dividing. I tend to feed mine with a tomato feed once a week when they are in flower to keep them flowering well.

Achillea Dislikes

It’s not a fussy plant and will withstand most conditions, but could die if it’s sat in waterlogged soil. If you have heavy clay, it would be a good idea to add some grit or other material to aid drainage.

Special Care

They require no special care, other than to cut the foliage down over winter once it begins to look really scrappy. The plant will then reshoot new growth for the following growing season.

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