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PlantFiles: Greek Yarrow
Achillea taygetea 'Anthea'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Species: taygetea (tay-GET-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Anthea
Additional cultivar information: (PP08828, aka Anblo)
Hybridized by Bloom; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1993

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On Aug 14, 2012, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant is very much like 'Moonshine', but the flower color is a pale yellow as opposed to a brighter yellow and it's a bit hard to find. It's about the same size, growth habit, and everything else. I like 'Moonshine' if I need something bright to stand out, and I prefer this one if I want a softer color.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Med. 30" - Plant 16" apart. zone 4-8. Pale yellow fading to a creamy yellow and new 3" clusters constantly coming on. Long blooming, and when the flowers fade, the plants can be cut back by half encouraging another period of bloom. Silver foliage stays attractive in all weather. Named for the daughter of Allan Bloom.

Positive northgrass On Mar 5, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

It has a nice grey ferny foliage and nice soft yellow blooms. This plant grows into a nice clump. It is much more desirable than Achillea millifolium which can become so invasive.

Positive myah On Jun 14, 2004, myah from Millinocket, ME wrote:

I have found Yarrow drought tolerant and cold tolerant as well. I live in Northern Maine, and my Yarrow gets better each year. The snow cover (from late November to Mid-April) does a great job insulating my plants. I dry the flowers to use on wreaths. At this time I have several colors, from a deep yellow to medium pink to white and pale pinks. I understand there is a red Yarrow, but I have not been fortunate enough to find it.


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

Clayton, California
Brighton, Colorado
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Fennville, Michigan
Troy, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Statesville, North Carolina
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Sevierville, Tennessee

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