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Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'

Yarrow, Milfoil

Deep cherry-red flowers on 20" stems are great for dried and cut flowers. The soft, fern-like foliage forms a dense weed-blocking carpet, especially when spent flowers are removed, to continue the aesthetic value of this low-maintenance gem even after the flowering has finished. Great for edging perennial borders!

Attracts butterflies
Excellent dried/cut flower
Height: 20-24 Inches
Spread: 24-36 Inches
Zone: 3-8
Color: Red

Yarrow Characteristics & Attributes

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

Best grown in lean, dry to medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. Does well in average garden soils and tolerates poor soils as long as drainage is good. Avoid heavy clays and moist, rich, fertile soils. Tolerates hot, humid summers and drought. Best sited in locations protected from strong winds. Cut plants back after flowering to tidy the planting and encourage new foliage growth and repeat bloom. Plants may be sheared to basal foliage after bloom.

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