Achillea millefolium 'Pretty Belinda'

Yarrow, Milfoil

Noted for its lilac-pink flowers, ferny aromatic foliage, and compact size, this selection would make a wonderful addition to your garden. Stems of the compact 'Pretty Belinda' do not tend to flop as much as some of the taller A. millefolium cultivars. Consider cutting back plant stems to lateral flower buds after initial flowering to tidy the planting and encourage repeat bloom. Plants may be cut back to basal foliage after bloom.

Height: 12-24 Inches
Spread: 12-24 Inches
Zone: 3-8
Color: Light Pink

Yarrow Characteristics & Attributes

Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Nature Attraction
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Perennial Border
Dry Sun
Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Mass Planting
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Yarrow

Best grown in lean, dry to medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. Plants do well in average garden soils and tolerate poor soils as long as drainage is good. Avoid heavy clays and moist, rich, fertile soils. Plants also tolerate hot, humid summers and drought. Plants are best sited in locations protected from strong winds.

Interesting Notes

This species was cultivated in Europe before 1440, used as a remedy for toothache, and mixed in ale in place of hops to increase the inebriating quality of the drink. It was thought to have a magical quality similar to our "apple a day keeps the doctor away," and was said to grow in churchyards as a reproach to the dead, "who need never have come there if they had taken their yarrow broth faithfully every day while living." The main use, however, was that of an herb to heal wounds. The genus was named after Achilles, who is said to have used A. millefollium to staunch the wounds of his soldiers. Soldier's Woundweed and Carpenter's Weed are other old English names. ~Allan Armitage