Paprika and Yarrow

Paprika and Yarrow
For 2024, the yarrow has been named The Herb of the Year. So, this is the perfect time to highlight some of the yarrows.

Paprika yarrow is a very popular cut flower. The blossoms are quite striking. If this perennial remains standing in the garden, it can provide winter interest to the landscape.

This yarrow prefers full sun, but does reasonably well in part shade. In general, the yarrows do well in dry to moderately moist soils. These perennials are pretty much ignored by rabbits and deer.

The yarrows are well suited to difficult spots in the garden where other flowers tend to fail. These can withstand drought, and heat, and are suited to a range of soil types.

With scented blooms, the yarrows are excellent choices for pollinator gardens for they attract butterflies to the garden.

Suited to zones three through nine, Paprika yarrow grows from 1 ½ to 3 feet in height with a spread of 1 ½ to 2 feet. The flower stems need no staking.

The flowers can range from orange or deep red to ruby red. As they fade, these become a beautiful reddish-copper. Flowering occurs from May through August.

The centers also fade slightly in color as well. Initially, these are gold or pale pink. The blossoms form flat corymbs or clusters. Although the individual flowers are quite tiny, the flower heads are quite large and showy. These add a wonderful touch of color to the garden as well as to bouquets and dried flower arrangements.

The leaves are a soft greenish-gray.

Seduction Yarrows

The Seduction series of the yarrows is considered to be outstanding plants. They are top performers in most regions. These are recommended for zones 3 through 8. Most of the plants are generally 1 ½ to 2 feet in height.

This series of yarrows bear blossoms from early summer until early fall. These are compact, robust, sturdy plants with strong stems that remain upright. They were introduced around 2005 or so and have become very poplar plants.

These yarrows are tolerant of hot, humid areas. This series is noted for the brightly colored blooms that appear throughout the season.

There are a number of varieties in the Seduction yarrow series. These include Saucy Seduction yarrow. When the blossoms first emerge, these are a vibrant pink fuchsia and later change to a lovely medium pink.

Strawberry Seduction yarrow is named for the strawberry red blossoms. These plants tend to form a neat clump with the leaves forming a dome. With greenish-gray foliage, this is a compact, robust plant.

The flowers form large clusters. When newly open, these are a vivid lemon yellow. As they age, their color changes to pastel yellow. The centers of the blooms are reddish-gold. As the flowers age, this can change to buff yellow.

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