Achillea, Yarrow, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Staunchweed 'Summer Pastels'

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: Summer Pastels
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink




Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:

Auburn, Alabama

Mount Olive, Alabama

El Mirage, Arizona

Marion, Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Glen Avon, California

Knights Landing, California

Menifee, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Wrens, Georgia

Iowa City, Iowa

Pinconning, Michigan

Kasota, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Sparks, Nevada

Whiting, New Jersey

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania

Tionesta, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fulton, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Clarkston, Washington

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2016, Bama2 from Mount Olive, AL wrote:

At this point I can't say Yay! Or Boo!~ This is my first time trying to grow the summer pastel yarrows. I have for a long time seen then them and loved them but not none what they were like many other's.

I started mine off already in the fern like version of the plant and now it's really grown fuller all around and up!! But I have NO FLOWERS AS OF YET? It's July 28th in Alabama, so I'm not sure how much more "Summer" it can get? It's in full sun light, it's in well drain soil, it's getting correct watering (if anything more than not enough but again well drain soil!), and the plants are being used as the boards in an cottage like setting garden. I forgot to mention their are also day lilies in the middle of this same bed that are actually on there 3rd blooming cycle this y... read more


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

I have found that this plant is more vibrant in part sun or part shade. It gets 49" wide at our house and the bloom color includes pale orange, red, yellow, and pink.

Now a year later, and the colors are darker and more beautiful.


On Nov 14, 2011, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

I've never had any success growing any yarrow in my Zone 9b garden. I suspect our high humidity may be the culprit. So, I don't understand the listing which shows it does well in our zone. I've never seen any growing here in Houston, but perhaps I've missed it.


On May 29, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love the carefree growth I do have some irrigation issues and this plant seems to just say bring it on...:0)


On Mar 11, 2010, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My experience with these from seed is similar to the poster who has only one ugly color, except I only got the dirty off-white ones. I call them my 'Dirty Laundry' yarrows. The seedlings I gave to my mom have more color variations, though, and I do like how easy they are to grow.


On Jun 19, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

They are pale yellow, orange, and red.

I sometimes have to put a hoop around them, as they tend to topple over. I also have to be careful not to rub my forearms on them when tying them to a stake because I get a mild allergic reaction.

They have self-seeded nicely but not overly so.


On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought a package of 'Summer Pastels' seed. The only color I got looks like a dirty, faded pink, even in full sun. I ended up taking it out.

I have read that it is hardy in zones 2-10. Light aids germination of seeds.


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

I was a talented Achillea-killer until I started planting them in among the rocks in my front garden. Now they do quite well.


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

These plants produce a variety of flower colours. pokerboy.


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

I have grown Achillea millefolium and they are now everywhere, even in the lawn. The plants are easy enough to pull up when growing in the soft loam of the flower beds but it is easier to avoid them altogether and plant Achillea "Anthea" for example;


On Jan 20, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

All the yarrows do well in our Zone 3, South-central Alaskan climate. We have a native yarrow, A. borealis, but the pastel shades are so welcome for a bit of color in my flower beds. Of course, being a yarrow, it spreads rapidly, and can be invasive if planted in beds of less vigorous plants.