Achillea, Greek Yarrow 'Moonshine'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Moonshine
Hybridized by Bloom
Synonym:Achillea taygetea
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Bright 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:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid 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

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:

El Mirage, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Alamo, California

Aliso Viejo, California

Amesti, California

Chico, California

Clayton, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Fairfield, California

Glen Avon, California

Interlaken, California

Los Angeles, California

Newark, California

Oildale, California

Pajaro, California

Pedley, California

Redwood City, California

Rubidoux, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sunnyslope, California

Watsonville, California

Aurora, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado(2 reports)

Seymour, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Gainesville, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois(2 reports)

Hampton, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Normal, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Atalissa, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Princeton, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Somerville, Massachusetts

Commerce Township, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Albertville, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Kasota, Minnesota

Luverne, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Hartsburg, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Sparks, Nevada

Wilmot, New Hampshire

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Clinton Corners, New York

Medford, New York

Phoenicia, New York

Port Washington, New York

Poughkeepsie, New York

Yorktown Heights, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Pembina, North Dakota

Hilliard, Ohio

Springboro, Ohio

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Chiloquin, Oregon

Gold Hill, Oregon

Sherwood, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Prosperity, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Colleyville, Texas

Garland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Tooele, Utah

Clinton, Washington

MOXEE, Washington

Renton, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 14, 2018, Soylent from Denver, CO wrote:

A no-care winner! After establishment in clay-loam I have not provided supplemental water (Denver is typically under 20" of rain a season) or fertilization. These guys are down by the sidewalk and street. Though not sprawling, they are pretty expansive in terms of width. Two plants pretty much fill a four foot wide bed. I'm transplanting a couple to give a red varietal yarrow I put between two moonshines some room to prosper.

Cut back after blooming to encourage second flowering. I leave the plants in place till March-April, then cut back to basal foliage.

I have never had to stake mine as others have mentioned, maybe too much water or soil richness for those folks. Also, true Moonshine is sterile and does not reseed.


On Oct 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flower color is softer, lighter, and closer to lemon yellow than A. x 'Coronation Gold', and the scapes are shorter.

I wonder whether those complaining about the flower scapes needing support are actually talking about an A. millefolium cultivar. I've seen a lot of this hybrid, and I've never seen the scapes needing support in full sun.

This is a clump-former, and not in the least invasive. Whoever said it was invasive was confusing it with A. millefolium. I have never seen it self-sow, either, and it's said to be sterile.

Tends to be short-lived, though it's longer lived in the northeastern US than in the southeast. Prone to fungal disease in the humid heat of the southeast.

This is not a cultivar of A. 'Taygetea', but a hyb... read more


On Jul 7, 2012, flowrjunkie from Playa del Carmen,
Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:

Yarrow is gopher food in this area. Rescued the yarrow, which I now protect by planting it in large planters, which I then sink into the ground, hiding the pots. Love the brightness of this Moonshine Yarrow.


On Jun 6, 2012, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beautiful Color grows well, however in full sun the stems are not strong enough to be erect and needed to be tied up and anchored to a fence or else it was laying on the ground. Never saw a yarrow do this.


On Jun 16, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a nice variety of yarrow, and not as aggressive as others I've had. I planted mine near some purple clematis and love the combination.


On Mar 29, 2011, Pinnie from Newark, CA wrote:

This plant did very well in full sun. Mine dont seems to stand up so tall about 12 inch tall but it try to spread alot. I cant believe it bloom all the way through winter! While other plant are in dormancy this guys just keep blooming, make winter bright and yellow. Don't need much care I water them once a week in the summer and ferterlize 2 times a year. I'm not an experience gardener in any level ,this plant is easy to grow.


On Feb 21, 2011, brfoley76 from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I grabbed a cutting from a plant growing near a local beach. I love the smell of the foliage! Maybe my favorite smelling yarrow.


On May 25, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planning a xeric-centric garden last year, one of the things I focused on was silver-leaved plants. Thus, one of the first things I planted was 'Moonshine'. It has done stupendously in harsh conditions - slope, hot, dry, windy, poor soil, right by a busy road. I planted two last year and both did well last year - the one further up the slope actually doing BETTER than the one a bit down it! - and have survived the winter (winter-kill being more common than I would have originally expected with yarrows here). When I went on vacation to New Mexico I saw this particular cultivar planted in literally nearly every landscaping design, from big public ones to small home gardens - so I imagine it's as xeric in other conditions as it has been for me here. I've heard others complain that it has... read more


On Apr 28, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine gets to be 24 to 30" tall and requires fencing to hold it up, probably due to a little more water and feed than it likes normally. Still a beautiful multi-season plant. I have had good luck in dividing and moving it to different parts of the yard. It does much better in full sun than part sun. Part sun also causes it to flop over and it needs fencing.


On Sep 18, 2007, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Great looking flowers. The yellow contrasts strikingly with some Sarastro Camanula blue bellflowers planted next to them. And the silvery green foliage makes an interesting look even when they are not flowering.

I always deadhead the spent blooms since once they turn brown, they are not very attractive, although I rarely seem to get a new flush of blooms like others have reported. Nonetheless, it is still a winner for me.


On Sep 22, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

By far my favorite Yarrow .... the plant stays upright on stout stems, once established likes to be on the dry side, Makes a wonderful dried flower bouquet, the color holds very well when dried.


On Jun 23, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant seems to love dry conditions and it attracts butterflies.


On Apr 2, 2005, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Deadhead faded flowers to lateral flower buds. After all blooms have faded, cut down to basal foliage. Deadheading can prevent the rampant reseeding of this plant. Requires well-draining soil. Does not like wet conditions.


On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is attractive and EXTREMELY xeric once established. My cat likes to nap in the crown of the plant, and the plant doesn't suffer one bit.


On Jan 29, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

A beautiful achillea, this plant has bright yellow flowers atop of ferny silvery gray foliage. Wonderful drought tolerant plant to grow. pokerboy.


On Dec 20, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

large flat clusers of sulphur-yellow flowers, June to September. Fern-like gray-green leaves. Bright yellow, long lasting. Well drained border. It is self-supporting if not cut back in Fall, the frosted flower heads provide interest in the winter. Average growth. Foliage may aggrevate skin allergies. Fully hardy. Stake blooms using bamboo canes as they are heavy. Lift and divide large clumps in late Fall or in Spring. Mine is blooming right now???