Growing Yarrows and Recommended Types

Growing Yarrows and Recommended Types
Growing Yarrows

The common yarrow is tolerant of both heat and cold. Easy to grow from seed, this plant can also be propagated from cuttings, root cuttings, and divisions.

Don’t cover the seeds for they need light in order to germinate. Just press them into the surface of the soil. Division of the plants can be done in the Fall or Spring.

Generally, yarrows benefit from division every four years or so as the center of the plants can die out. Space these at least a foot apart.

Generally, all yarrows are care free plants. Water them lightly and fertilize lightly with low nitrogen formulas. The plants experience few pest or disease issues other than root rot in wet soils, powdery mildew and possibly rust.

Generally, yarrows do best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade. The plants prefer a pH of 4.5 to 7.0.

These species are suited to all well drained soils. Poor soils are really best for the plants don’t spread as freely.

Some Recommended Yarrows for Pollinator Gardens
Some of the cultivated yarrow species, hybrids, and varieties that are suitable for pollinator gardens include the following. include the following.

Gold Plate yarrow is a highly recommended cultivar of fern leaf yarrow. It does well in zones three through nine. This can be grown from seeds.

The tall plants reach 4 ½ to five feet in height. The hairy stems are furrowed.

Flowering is from June through August. Gold Plate yarrow blossoms range from golden yellow to deep mustard yellow. The flower heads are over five inches across.

Woolly yarrow (Achillea tomentosa) is native to Europe. Best suited zones two through seven, this plant is only six inches to around a foot in height with a spread of 1½ feet or so.

This species is ideal for rock gardens and as an edging. The plant is named for the linear foliage, which is very woolly. Flowering takes place throughout the Summer until September.

The blossoms range from deep yellow or bright yellow to sulphur yellow. These form flat topped dense clusters.

Moonshine yarrow has been called the finest hybrid yarrow. Requiring good drainage, this premium plant is most suited to zones two through seven. In zones eight and higher, it is best treated as an annual.

Rarely needing staking, Moonshine yarrow can be divided any time from Spring through the Fall. Originating in England, the plant is 1½ to two feet in height with a matching spread. Give this plant a dry sunny spot.

The gray-silver to gray-green foliage is feathery. Moonshine blooms open in dense, flat topped heads from June through August. The flower heads are two to three inches across.

Coronation Gold yarrow is another highly recommended hybrid yarrow. It has been described as the best yarrow for landscapes. This easy to grow, care free plant is uniform in height GET Height.

It is a widely grown cut flower. When grown in the South, this will produce an incredible number of flower stems—over forty. The blossoms are three to four inches wide. Flowering typically begins in early Summer. The green leaves are scented.

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