Yarrow, Milfoil, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Thousandleaf, Soldier's Woundwort
Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Species: millefolium (mill-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Pastels
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Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Orange

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Auburn, Alabama

El Mirage, Arizona

Marion, Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Glen Avon, California

Knights Landing, California

Menifee, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Wrens, Georgia

Iowa City, Iowa

Pinconning, Michigan

Kasota, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sparks, Nevada

Whiting, New Jersey

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania

Tionesta, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fulton, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Clarkston, Washington

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
1
neutral
3
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 14, 2013, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have found that this plant is more vibrant in part sun or part shade. It gets 49" wide at our house and the bloom color includes pale orange, red, yellow, and pink.

Now a year later, and the colors are darker and more beautiful.

Negative

On Nov 14, 2011, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

I've never had any success growing any yarrow in my Zone 9b garden. I suspect our high humidity may be the culprit. So, I don't understand the listing which shows it does well in our zone. I've never seen any growing here in Houston, but perhaps I've missed it.
Leslie

Positive

On May 29, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love the carefree growth I do have some irrigation issues and this plant seems to just say bring it on...:0)

Neutral

On Mar 11, 2010, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My experience with these from seed is similar to the poster who has only one ugly color, except I only got the dirty off-white ones. I call them my 'Dirty Laundry' yarrows. The seedlings I gave to my mom have more color variations, though, and I do like how easy they are to grow.

Positive

On Jun 19, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

They are pale yellow, orange, and red.

I sometimes have to put a hoop around them, as they tend to topple over. I also have to be careful not to rub my forearms on them when tying them to a stake because I get a mild allergic reaction.

They have self-seeded nicely but not overly so.

Negative

On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought a package of 'Summer Pastels' seed. The only color I got looks like a dirty, faded pink, even in full sun. I ended up taking it out.

I have read that it is hardy in zones 2-10. Light aids germination of seeds.

Positive

On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I was a talented Achillea-killer until I started planting them in among the rocks in my front garden. Now they do quite well.

Positive

On Mar 24, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

These plants produce a variety of flower colours. pokerboy.

Negative

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

I have grown Achillea millefolium and they are now everywhere, even in the lawn. The plants are easy enough to pull up when growing in the soft loam of the flower beds but it is easier to avoid them altogether and plant Achillea "Anthea" for example;

Positive

On Jan 20, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

All the yarrows do well in our Zone 3, South-central Alaskan climate. We have a native yarrow, A. borealis, but the pastel shades are so welcome for a bit of color in my flower beds. Of course, being a yarrow, it spreads rapidly, and can be invasive if planted in beds of less vigorous plants.