Achillea, Yarrow, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Staunchweed 'Paprika'

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: Paprika
Additional cultivar information:(Galaxy Series)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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; sow indoors before last frost

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wedowee, Alabama

Anchorage, Alaska

Carlsbad, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Glen Avon, California

Huntington Beach, California

Pedley, California

Rubidoux, California

San Jose, California

Sunnyslope, California

Ventura, California

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Indian Hills, Colorado

Seymour, Connecticut

Lula, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Ashton, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Mackinaw, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Ames, Iowa

Garner, Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Ewing, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Springfield, Massachusetts

Pinconning, Michigan

Albertville, Minnesota

Kasota, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Hooper, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Dexter, New Mexico

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Clinton Corners, New York

Elba, New York

Selden, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Akron, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

Gold Hill, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Lake Forest Park, Washington

Longview, Washington

Renton, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2013, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

From September 2012 until June 2013, this plant has grown to be H 36"; W 53" from a little 4" pot. It does very well in Enid, OK. Bloom color is true in hot, full sun (all day). No babies yet, but I have not looked too close. It began blooming in May and is still blooming, plus we had a very late spring. This yarrow began blooming the earliest of all yarrows I have.


On May 20, 2010, ctindell from Sterling, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is a ladybug magnet. I have purchased ladybugs in the past to have them in my yard, just to never see them! Every time I look at this plant there are ladybugs on it. I just love it for that!


On Jun 22, 2009, surfcity from Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Paprika yarrow is my favorite yarrow. Not picky about soil or the lack of water, and I love the way it ages from a deep, rich red (with bluish undertones) to a soft yellowy-gold color that blends with other colors and ties other colors together. I have it in several different growing conditions: pots, the ground, sun and shadier conditions; and it still blooms profusely. Find a way to include this plant in your garden if you don't already have it.


On Jun 3, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm usually not a fan of yarrow, I find it weedy and invasive, but this one is very well mannered and seems to overpower the grasses that typically run amuck in my yarrow. The color is very vivid as well. It's a keeper.


On May 25, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

This hasn't been invasive at all for me. When I first got it I put it in a dry spot with poor soil, full sun, and it sort of wimpily limped along. I moved it 2 years ago to a dry place with good soil, full sun, and it has been steadily spreading, now about 2 feet wide. It looks very pretty growing intermingled with a 'Powis Castle' artemisia, and threadleaf coreopsis. I love the terracotta color blooms against the silver of the artemisia, and like the fact that it is evergreen, even in our recent hard winter.


On May 6, 2009, angele wrote:

I planted six of these in the spring of 2008. All did very well over the winter. Although bloom tme noted above says late summer/early fall mine are in full bloom in May. Lovely flowers and pretty green foliage make me glad I have them. Have not noticed any butterflies on them yet.


On May 5, 2009, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

I like yarrows in general. Not invasive for me though they do get leggy by early summer so I give them a harsh haircut at that time. This particular cultivar, Paprika, is a beatiful red, but the color fades within 1 day. Still pretty in its faded stages but if one is wanting a permanent red, Paprika is just a one day red wonder.


On Jun 8, 2007, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I love this yarrow with its color changes as the season passes. I use it in mixed beds that are mostly sunny to part shade and they thrive everywhere. I first grew it in Anchorage Alaska and now in Philadelphia and it is healthy and hearty both places. Here in Philadelphia I am mixing it with azaleas, rhododendrons,, asiatic lilies, hosta, columbines, etc. In Alaska it looked great living with ornamental grasses, lingularia, spirea and potentilla, lungwort, peony, ferns and wormwoods, troilius and forget-me-nots. I haven't found it to be demanding of my attention or invasive.


On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

According to one source, Achillea 'Paprika' is a German hybrid; it flowers from summer to early fall. Irresistible to butterflies. Excellent fresh cut flowers or dried. Individual color selections listed below. Remove spent blossoms to promote continuous flowering. Ruby red to salmon rose.


On Feb 10, 2006, sltxgardener from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

This has stayed evergreen so far this winter in my zone 8b/9a garden. It has been increasing in bloom since January. I love the ferny foliage and the different colors of the bloom heads as they age.


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

This plant has striking red blooms thoughout the warmer months. The flowers do seem to turn white after some days on the plant. pokerboy.


On Jul 10, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I purchased plants of this variety because I liked the red... they have never bloomed true to this color. They are magenta with white centers. I bought from a reliable nursery, so don't know if they had a mix-up, or if there has been some change in the plant, soil conditions, etc. Interesting that others have noted changes in the color.


On Aug 31, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

My Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' has not held to the true red it was the first year, is a lovely red/pink.


On Aug 30, 2003, DavidPat5 from Chicago, IL wrote:

I love the fernlike foliage on these plants. It is a ground hugging plant and flowers profusely. This was my first year having one and can't wait to see what it looks like next year. The flowers turn almost white as they fade.


On Oct 5, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'Paprika' is a wonderfully red-bloomed yarrow that accents any garden. As with all yarrows, it throws underground runners, so it may become invasive. These runners are the best method of propagation, since seeds would not be true to the original plant.