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PlantFiles: Fern-Leaf Yarrow
Achillea filipendulina

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

Synonym:Achillea filipendula

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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
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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

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1 positive
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral INPatrice On Jul 21, 2007, INPatrice from Carmel, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

The Yarrow is growing well and develops wonderful tall flowers stalks that lay on the ground! How do I get them to stand erect. I keep on the dry side (as watering does not help), in composted clay, have not fertilized, and get about 2/3 day full sun.

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

This plant will die back in winter and is very drought tolerant. pokerboy.

Positive lmelling On Dec 22, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is tolerant of most soil types but enjoys full sun. This is one of the most drought tolerant types. It will eventually form a large clump with bright yellow flowers. Varieties such as 'Gold Plate' and 'Parkers Variety' fall under this species. It is native to the Caucasus and bears brilliant, deep yellow flowers over a long summer season. The flat rounded flowerheads can get up to 6". Foliage is bright green and aromatic.

For use as a dried flower: flowers must be cut in full bloom but should feel "firm" to the touch. If harvested too early, will tend to wilt and won't look nice, harvested too late, will turn brown and less attractive. Air dry upside down.

Neutral Sis On Aug 31, 2001, Sis wrote:

Plants may develop powdery mildew, a cotton-y white coating on the leaves,especially in areas with warm humid nights.

Rot causes stems to blacken and topple over. Remove and destroy all affected parts and dust with sulfur.

Neutral poppysue On Nov 23, 2000, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the tallest of the achillea species hardy in zones 3-10. It can reach up to 4 feet tall and may need staking in windy areas. Fern-leaf yarrow remains in a well-behaved clump and it's not an aggressive spreader like many of its cousins. The flat flower clusters are up to 4 inches wide and come in many shades of gold and yellow. They make excellent dried flowers and theyre also attractive to butterflies and beneficial insects. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil to perform its bests.


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

Brighton, Colorado
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Seymour, Indiana
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Owosso, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Dover, New Hampshire
Hazlet, New Jersey
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Kalama, Washington

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