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Achillea millefolium 'Walther Funcke'

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

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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
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl 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.

Positive KevinMc79 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.

Positive DrDoolotz 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.


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

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