Achillea, Yarrow, Greek Yarrow 'Anthea'

Achillea taygetea

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achillea (ak-ih-LEE-a) (Info)
Species: taygetea (tay-GET-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Anthea
Additional cultivar information:(PP08828, aka Anthea, Anblo)
Hybridized by Bloom
Registered or introduced: 1993
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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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clayton, California

Brighton, Colorado

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Fennville, Michigan

Troy, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Statesville, North Carolina

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Sevierville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2012, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant is very much like 'Moonshine', but the flower color is a pale yellow as opposed to a brighter yellow and it's a bit hard to find. It's about the same size, growth habit, and everything else. I like 'Moonshine' if I need something bright to stand out, and I prefer this one if I want a softer color.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Med. 30" - Plant 16" apart. zone 4-8. Pale yellow fading to a creamy yellow and new 3" clusters constantly coming on. Long blooming, and when the flowers fade, the plants can be cut back by half encouraging another period of bloom. Silver foliage stays attractive in all weather. Named for the daughter of Allan Bloom.


On Mar 5, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

It has a nice grey ferny foliage and nice soft yellow blooms. This plant grows into a nice clump. It is much more desirable than Achillea millifolium which can become so invasive.


On Jun 14, 2004, myah from Millinocket, ME wrote:

I have found Yarrow drought tolerant and cold tolerant as well. I live in Northern Maine, and my Yarrow gets better each year. The snow cover (from late November to Mid-April) does a great job insulating my plants. I dry the flowers to use on wreaths. At this time I have several colors, from a deep yellow to medium pink to white and pale pinks. I understand there is a red Yarrow, but I have not been fortunate enough to find it.