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PlantFiles: Fern-Leaf Yarrow
Achillea filipendulina 'Parker's Variety'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Species: filipendulina (fil-ip-en-DOO-lin-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Parker's Variety

Synonym:Achillea filipendula

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cottelpg On Jun 20, 2014, cottelpg from Hamilton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Nearly impossible to find these days, Parkers Variety Yarrow is an outstanding plant for the back of a sunny border. Saucers of gold blooms arise from the ferny foliage to create an outstanding display in the late spring, when few other plants are blooming in my garden. The plant likes poor soil and is highly drought tolerant. Deer and rabbits ignore it. The one drawback is it does require staking. I prefer Parkers Variety to the more popular cultivars like Coronation Gold because if the superior color which fades gradually to a yellow mustard hue. These blooms are long lasting.

Positive CCass On Jul 9, 2013, CCass from Johnson City, NY wrote:

Is there a difference between Parker's Variety yarrow and a hybrid yarrow I purchased at Home Depot? The one I bought doesn't say Parker's Variety, per say, so is there a difference? Thanks much.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hamilton, Ohio

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