Yarrow 'White' Overview
Achillea millefolium is known by many common names including Common Yarrow and Devil's Nettle. It became a gardener's favourite because it is tough, flowers repeatedly and tolerates a wide range of conditions. It also has a long history of being used in traditional, herbal medicines. It is classified as a wildflower in the UK. A spreading perennial, it has an upright habit and produces white to cream, pink-tinged flowers in flat clusters, in summer. Its leaves are fern-like - narrow and finely divided. Be aware however, that this species will self-seed, so only plant if you want lots of them in the garden! It prefers full sun and moist well-drained soil but will tolerate partial shade. (Heavy or waterlogged soils can result in powdery mildew and rust.) Ideal for wildflower meadows, prairie planting, herbaceous borders and medicinal herb gardens. It requires dividing every 2-3 years but is generally low-maintenance. This species is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!