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PlantFiles: Fern-Leaf Yarrow
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'

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: Cloth of Gold

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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; direct sow after last frost

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Arrowwind On Aug 8, 2011, Arrowwind from Mackay, ID wrote:

Yarrow does reseed prolifically and that is the beauty of it.

It is easy to remove when young and I would not bother to use round up on it. I just walk around with a long digging stick and root it up... hardly have to bend over!.... it is a little harder to remove when it shows up in the lawn.

I am hoping to fill much of my desert with it. The sage brush has lots of white non impressive yarrow in it right now. Hoping to move in lavendar, rose and gold.

Neutral Clary On Jul 12, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very aromatic with large flower heads that provide variety in form and color in the garden.

Starts easily from seed.

In rich soil and partial shade they became leggy and floppy.

Negative certified On Jun 5, 2010, certified from Moberly, MO wrote:

I found this plant to be very invasive. Reseeds very freely. Had problems eradicating it with Roundup. Will never plant this culitvar again.

Positive saya On Jul 5, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a wonderfull Achillea..very striking in a very sunny garden. It can withstand a lot of drought and helps neighbourplants to keep straight. Now it has matured, planted her in 2002, it has solid stalks that go up to 120 cm with a long bloomingtime. It also gives a nice wintersilhouette when you don't cut of the stalks. I like the aromatic scent of it when you touch the leaves...yep..this is surely summer!
AGM in 1999.


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

Oroville East, California
Brighton, Colorado
Washington, District Of Columbia
Mackay, Idaho
Elkhart, Indiana
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Moberly, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Elba, New York
Wallkill, New York
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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