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A picture of a Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Photo by JohnCullenGardens (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

3a

USDA zone

-40°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

20cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Achillea 'Little Moonshine' Overview

Achillea 'Little Moonshine' is a sun-loving perennial with fern-like, semi-evergreen, silver-green foliage and in spring, it produces masses of daisy-like, light yellow flowers with slightly darker central discs. This spreading, hardy cultivar is a dwarf version of 'Moonshine' making it an ideal choice to include in planters or at the front of borders. A useful and attractive addition to your garden, bees and butterflies also love it! Also known as Yarrow 'Little Moonshine', it prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soils, although it will tolerate partial shade. Heavy or waterlogged soils can result in powdery mildew and rust. Requires dividing every 2-3 years. Does not require annual pruning or feeding.

Common problems with Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

The most common problem is a fungal disease, which can be prevented by not overwatering and allowing good air circulation. Stems are floppy and prone to rotting when they fall over.

How to propagate Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Seed

Sow your seeds in spring or autumn.

Division

Most popular method and will prolong the plant's life if done every other year. Divides easily and can be done in Spring or Autumn. Plant the divisions 30cm apart directly in their new positions.

Cuttings

Make basal cuttings of new shoots that are about 10cm tall in Spring. Plant in pots and protect in a warm position until they root, usually within 3 weeks. Plant out in the summer.

Special features of Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Attractive flowers

Crop rotation

Light feeder. Improves soil fertility and the essential oil content of nearby plants, thereby making their neighbours more resistant to insect pests.

Ground cover

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Attracts parasitic wasps.

Repels harmful insects

Repels beetles, ants and flies.

Other uses of Achillea 'Little Moonshine'

Yarrow was used to flavour beer in the Middle Ages before hops became fashionable. Use old stalks and cuttings to activate compost heaps.

Medicinal

Oil contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Edible

All parts are edible. Young leaves can be eaten raw and are also used for tea and as a preservative. Essential oil from the flowers used as flavouring in cold drinks.