How to grow Achillea

Achillea plant growing herbaceous of the genus Achillea also known as Yarrow, Achillea perennial evergreen plant or as annual plant used as ornamental plant also used for the  fragrant plant that attracts pollinators, some of the spices can be used as medical plant, can grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 3-11.

Leaves color can be: green, gray, white or more than one color, texture of the leaves soft linear with serrated and grow in pinnate structure remind like fern growth.

Achillea flower

Flower fragrant, color can be: purple, pink, red, white, light orange, yellow or more than one color, small flowers with fix petals, in flat shape, the flowers grow in inflorescence in umbel shape.

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Requirements for Achillea plant growing and care:

Well-drained soil, prefer: dry summer, well ventilated soil, in the beginning better without competitor because need direct full sun

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Rhizomes

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to do so

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, toxic to pets, can cause skin irritation

Recommended planting season?
Spring, summer, autumn, annual spices planting in the spring and also perennial better to plant in the spring from hardiness zone of 3-9

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, thrips, rust, leafhopper, powdery mildew

Pruning season:
All year, better to prune after the flowers in the autumn to the winter

How to prune:
Dead leaves and bloom stems, but mostly pruned for design

Size of the plant:
0.2-1.2 m, 0.8-4 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Small amount of water, can survive few weeks without water ( but better to keep watering regularly

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, in desert or hot summer 85% of sun will be enough and it helps to prevent sunburn on the plants

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer (it’s possible also in the autumn)

General information about the flower:
Small fragrant flowers with five petals and colors can be: purple, pink, red, white, light orange, yellow or more than one color grow in inflorescence

Pollination is done by:
Butterfly, bees and more, also it’s attracting pollinators to the garden

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
Possible all year, but in hot area better to harvest in the spring, colder area end of the spring to the summer, better to harvest without flowers, the moment that the plant bloom, need to wait or to cut the flowers

How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish can be cut freely, better to cut in the base of the leaves

Information about leaves:
Leaves soft in linear shape with serrated edges and leaves grow in pinnate structure

Uses of Achillea leaves:

Scientific name:


Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone