Red Yarrow, Milfoil, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Thousandleaf, Soldier's Woundwort 'Walther Funcke'

Achillea millefolium

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Species: millefolium (mill-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Walther Funcke
Additional cultivar information:(aka Walter Funcke)
Hybridized by Pagels



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 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:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Chicago, Illinois

Grayslake, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Camden, New York

East Port Orchard, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 14" - Plant 14" apart. Zone 3-9 Silver ferny foliage on upright grower, with copper, red and yellow platelike flowers. Tolerant of drought, wind and heat.


On Oct 13, 2006, KevinMc79 from Saint Charles, IL wrote:

Some Achilleas have a bad wrap. Particularly in regards to flopping. This is not the case with Walther Funcke. This plant does not flop by any means. It stands tall changing colors from a Dark Red begining to a medium orange and on to a nice dried brown, this plant works. Even if it does fall over, it falls straight over. No bending in these stems. This is a great plant combined with Salvia 'Amethyst', Stachys Hummelo, or Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta.


On Jun 13, 2005, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

Growing well so far (for the first time) in zone 5a, near Des Moines, Iowa. Buds just beginning to show color in mid-June.

Edited June 18, 2006 to say that the plants did very well over the winter and came back gangbusters in the spring. I have posted a new picture of the same plant from last year's picture which is now huge. Does not spread or behave at all invasively. It is a well behaved plant and lovely silvery-green foliage is a great backdrop for the brick red/yellow flowers.