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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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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

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


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:

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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6 positives
1 neutral
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive outdoorlover 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 LeslieT 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.

Positive BUFFY690 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 youreit 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 dicentra63 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 Gabrielle 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 nevadagdn 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 pokerboy On Mar 24, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

These plants produce a variety of flower colours. pokerboy.

Negative northgrass 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 Weezingreens 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.


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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