Achillea, Yarrow, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Staunchweed 'Pink Grapefruit'

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: Pink Grapefruit
Additional cultivar information:(Tutti Frutti Series)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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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

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:

Evergreen, Colorado

Peoria, Illinois

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Kasota, Minnesota

Riverhead, New York

Greenville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Dumfries, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 19, 2014, RevWhitebeard from Riverhead, NY wrote:

On the positive side, this grows in a very sandy spot in dappled sun which also happens to be prime deer territory. Its early season growth is neat and the foliage is attractive.

On the less-than-wonderful side, once it gets to blooming it tends to get leggy and flop over. I tie it up with a stake at its back, and trim it for a neater look. In August it gets a big chop. It's likely best as a middle-of-the-crowd plant. The problem for me has been the sprawling and not the spreading which is easily managed. It's also easy to divide and move around.


On Jul 20, 2014, diet94 wrote:

This is my first season with this plant so I'm just watching to see what I think of it. At first I loved the bright pink flowers and the continuous blooming. But much of the lf flowers have faded (there might be 1 bright pink and the rest are just greyed out) and now they are tall enough that they are falling over and half of the stalks are laying on ground or on the plants around them and it's not very attractive. It gets water but not too much (I saw that it tends to like dry areas and yes it gets lots of sun.) I'm not sure what to do with it -- do I prune it shorten the stalks? It's mid July so we'd have enough time for it to grow back some. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Thank you.


On Jul 7, 2010, kczsweetie from central, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought Pink Grapefruit last summer. To say the least, it has certainly fluorished. It doesn't wilt or fall over quite as bad as my red one does, and the flowers have been non-stop both years. Flowers are a very pretty pink (starts out a definite pink that fades to light pink as the flower ages) that goes well with the delicate ferny leaves.

However, give this one some room. Mine has quadrupled in size in one year by sending out root shoots. Don't get me wrong, it's a gorgeous plant, but expecting it to stay somewhat contained was a mistake on my part. I'll be digging/splitting it probably every other year if this growth rate continues. Thus, the neutral rating.

Bottom line: If you want a prolific flowering plant to fill in a space in a larger-area gar... read more


On Jun 17, 2010, sjblalock from Nicholasville, KY wrote:

I bought this plant last year and am thrilled with it. I planted it on a dry, rocky slope with some lavender. It maintains a nice fluffy base while sending up lots of beautiful pink flowers that hold their color and rebloom throughout the summer, starting in June.