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Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae)
A drought tolerant perennial herb native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout temperate North America. The species name, millefolium-of a thousand leaves-describes the fine, feathery foliage which resembles a fern. Flowers are in clusters forming a flat white top usually affixed to a single stem. Yarrow can endure dry, impoverished soil and survive with little maintenance. Requires full sun. A true perennial taking two years to become established.
Average planting success with this species: 70%
Height: 2-3 feet
Germination: 20-45 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60F-65F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: May-November
Average seeds per pound: 2,770,000
Seeding rate: 1 lb. per acre
1 oz Covers: 2,723 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Slopes, hillsides, mixtures.
Miscellaneous: Good garden plant for fresh or dry floral arrangements. Foliage is pleasantly fragrant when crushed. Can be mowed to form a highly competitive ground cover to control soil erosion.