Achillea filipendulina

12 Aug

Achillea filipendulina flower (25/07/2011, London)

Achillea filipendulina flower (25/07/2011, London)

Position: Full sun

Soil: Well drained soil

Flowering period: Summer to autumn

Eventual Height: 1.5m

Eventual Spread: 1m

Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Asteraceae

Achillea filipendulina is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with an upright habit. Its fern-like foliage has a rough, hairy texture and is linear, pinnate and lobed with a serrate margin. Its yellow hermaphroditic flowers are in the form of a terminal cluster of corymbs composed of small flowers.

Achillea filipendulina (25/07/2011, London)

Achillea filipendulina (25/07/2011, London)

Achillea filipendulina, commonly known as Fernleaf Yarrow, is native to Caucacus region including Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The etymological root of the binomial name Achillea is named after a character in Greek mythology; Achilles, the almost invulnerable warrior whose soldiers were said to use the plant to treat wounds. Filipendulina is a Latinised word meaning that the plant has foliage similar to members of the Filipendula genus.

The landscape architect may find Achillea filipendulina useful as a robust medium height herbaceous perennial which provides bright summer/ autumn flowers. It is also very appropriate in informal prairie schemes. It is drought tolerant once established.

Ecologically, Achillea filipendulina will attract many species of pollinating insects such as honey bees and butterflies and certain species of birds will also use it to line their nests.

The Royal Horticultural Society gave the cultivars  Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’  and  ‘Parker’s Variety’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1999 with the ‘Gold Plate’  cultivar having its status reconfirmed in 1999 after first gaining the award in 1993.

Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate' Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Achillea filipendulina ‘Gold Plate’ Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Achillea filipendulina prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Achillea filipendulina requires little maintenance, untidy foliage may be cut back in spring. Large clumps may be divided in spring.

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