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Perfect for pollinators
Yarrow -achilla millefolium – is an ideal general-purpose meadow plant that is adaptable to most soil types and has a wide range of habitats. In gardens it is a perfect plant to include in a summer meadow or flowerting lawn where it competes well with other plants and grasses. Yarrow will attract many insects such as Bees, Butterflies and Ladybirds. Plants have attractive feathery foliage and produce cream or pink flowers from June to August. Yarrow looks best growing with other meadow plants that flower in high summer such as Oxeye daisies, Knapweeds, Mallows, Meadow Cranesbill and Scabious. Yarrow has many alternative names including dog daisy, fernweed, bad man`s plaything, bloodwort, carpenter`s weed, devil`s nettle, carpenter`s grass, soldier`s woundwort, squirrel tail, staunch grass, staunch weed, thousand-weed, and yarroway.
How to grow Yarrow Seeds
Yarrow seeds should be sown in spring or autumn, either outside, where they are to flower, or in seed trays and covered very lightly with compost. Yarrow seeds are usually easy to germinate and the seedlings, which are quick to develop, can be pricked out and grown on, for planting out later in the year.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
The RHS Perfect for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects in gardens. Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen; while doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set and fruit development. Find out more at: rhs.org.uk/plants
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To buy Yarrow seeds
To purchase Yarrow seeds, please select a quantity above and click add to cart. To ensure the best chance of success, we sell all of our wildflower seeds by weight, which ensures each wildflower seed packet contains a good quantity of seeds. The recommended sowing rate is 1 gram per square metre, and the number of Yarrow seeds per gram is approx. 6000. All of our Wildflower seed packets contain seeds of Native British provenance.
type – perennial,
colour – White or Cream,
height – 25 to 75cms,
flowering months – June, July, August,
habitat – Semi-Shade (Orchards, Hedgerow, Banks, Open Woodland), Moist Grassland (Clay, Loams), Dry Grassland (clay, loam), Very dry Sandy Soil, Very Acidic Soil (Peats, Heaths), Chalk and Limestone Grassland, Bare, Open Ground (eg Arable field margins, disturbed, waste ground),
Easy yarrow propagation by seeds
Yarrow is a plant of many uses. It is, in fact, an herb and one that has been used to treat many different maladies, anything from the common cold to chewing on a leaf to relieve a toothache.
One function not to be forgotten, though, is the beauty and joy the flowering bracts of yarrow bring. The color is generally known to be white, but yarrow can also be dark red, yellow and even the light pink as seen in the photo below. The colors become almost florescent as the plant begins to reach the end of its blooming period.
Sadly, the blooming period will come to an end but now the fun starts for us. Once the flower has had its heyday, the seeds are left at the top. Wait until the flowers have gone brown and then cut the entire flower head off the plant.
The flower head will need to dry out more from the time that you picked it, so store the yarrow seeds in an open container and let them sit throughout the winter, or for a couple of months. At the end of this period, it will be a simple task to shake the seeds out of the head.
You will notice that even though this plant has great big attractions, the seeds are very small. Take the seeds from the container and simply scatter them across the top and water them in and continue to keep them moist. The beginning of warmer weather won’t just herald in spring this year, but should bring young sprouts up from your yarrow seedlings as well! They will appear as in the photo below.
Now it’s time to return the plants back to the soil, and may even be one of the first times this spring your hands get to be back in the dirt, so enjoy it! They will! Take the pots of baby yarrow and find a spot in your yard for them. This spot does not have to be big, simply that the plants around it be low growers, something like a Hosta or a Heuchera. Yarrow plants are easy and lovely because they don’t mind a hot climate or dry weather and don’t even need good soil, so don’t worry too much about your planting site, just keep these things in mind.
Dig the seedlings down into the ground, not too deep but far enough that a fingertip of dirt will cover the top of your seedlings’ soil. Water the plants well so that they have plenty to start growing into their new surroundings.
Now enjoy your garden, the winter and into the next spring and the yarrow seedlings will spring up with vigor and outdistance the lower plants around them. Keep in mind that each year there will be more and yarrow lend themselves well to being divided and gifted away to other people’s beautiful yards. Yarrow live for a long time, being a perennial, and will reward you with years of pretty blooms and feathery foliage, so enjoy!
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Yarrow Care – Growing Yarrow Herb In Your Garden
The yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) is an herbaceous flowering perennial. Whether you decide to grow yarrow in your flower beds or in your herb garden, it’s still a lovely addition to your yard. Yarrow care is so easy that the plant is virtually care-free. Let’s take a look at how to plant yarrow and also tips for how to grow yarrow.
How to Plant Yarrow
Yarrow is most often propagated by division, so chances are you’ll buy your yarrow as a plant. Space your plants 12 to 24 inches apart if you’re planting more than one yarrow plant.
You can also start your yarrow herb from seed. Start seeds indoors about six to eight weeks before your last frost date. Sow the seeds in moist, normal potting soil. The seeds should just barely be covered by the potting soil. Place the pot with the yarrow seeds in a sunny and warm location.
The seeds should germinate in 14 to 21 days, depending on the conditions. You can speed up the germination by covering the top of the pot with plastic wrap to keep in moisture and heat. Remove the plastic wrap once the seeds have sprouted.
Regardless of whether your yarrow plants are grown from seed or bought as full plants, you will want to plant them in full sun. They thrive in a wide variety of soils but do best in well drained soil. Yarrow plant will even grow in very poor dry soils with low fertility soil.
Some caution should be taken when growing yarrow, as in the right conditions, it can become invasive and will then be in need of control.
How to Grow Yarrow
Once you have planted your yarrow, it needs little care. It doesn’t need to be fertilized and only needs to be watered during times of severe drought.
While yarrow needs little care, it is susceptible to a few diseases and pests. Most commonly, plants will be affected by either botrytis mold or powdery mildew. These will both appear as a white powdery covering on the leaves. Both can be treated with a fungicide. Yarrow plants are also occasionally affected by spittlebugs.
Using Yarrow Herb
Yarrow has many uses as an herb. It is commonly used as a medicinal herb that can treat the bleeding of minor wounds, swollen or cramping muscles, reducing fever or to help with relaxing. As with any medicinal herb, yarrow herb should not be taken without first consulting a physician.
On the non-medicinal side, yarrow herb is an astringent and makes a good facial wash or shampoo.
Whether you grow yarrow as a decorative plant or an herb, you can be sure that it will add beauty to your garden. Since yarrow care is so easy, you have nothing to lose by giving this ancient herb a small place in one of your flower beds.