Achillea millefolium

Family: Asteraceae

Countries: Asia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, England, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, North America, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales

Achillea millefolium is a herbaceous perennial that produces lovely ferny, scented foliage and large flat flower heads; each flower is made up of numerous individual florets.  This is a wildflower of the UK, as well as many countries in Europe and Asia.  Plants have spread further afield to colonise other countries and continents, after Achillea millefolium was used as an arable feed and escaped from gardens.

Plant Achillea millefolium in a bright and sunny, open location; avoid shaded sites.  This plant is happy in almost any soil, flourishing in sandy, silty, chalky, and clay soils.  Plants are drought tolerant and low maintenance.  Achillea millefolium is a plant for a meadow, a wild or informal border, where its ivory (and sometimes pink tinged) coloured flowers form a welcome horizontal that compliments and enhances the appearance of the more commonly found, vertical flowers.

In the UK, Achillea millefolium can flower from around May to September, depending on the nature of the season and the plant’s climate.  Pollinators such as butterflies, hoverflies, and flies are attracted to Achillea blooms.

Achillea millefolium is a tough and hardy plant that will survive temperatures of -20C (-4F) and lower.  Plants grow to around 45cm (1.5ft) tall, depending on their soil, situation, and growing conditions.

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