Achillea x 'Paprika'

Yarrow, Milfoil

Intense red flowers surround bright yellow centers. This Achillea is a vigorous grower that will quickly form a dense weed-blocking mat. It is one of the most floriferous of the Achillea cultivars, presenting a solid block of red in early summer. An easy and rewarding production plant, it has very few pest or pathogen problems.

Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 2-4 Feet
Zone: 3-9
Color: Red

Yarrow Characteristics & Attributes

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

Full sun to light shade in average, moist or dry soils. Tolerates sand or clay, but not wet feet. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant once established.

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