What’s Growing at The Cottage No. 084

Achillea millefolium (variety rubra ‘Rosy Red’) commonly known as yarrow. Deer resistant, tolerant of drought, heat, and poor soil! Yarrow is one of the BEST habitat plants, attracting butterflies, ladybugs and beneficial insects to your garden. Several cavity-nesting birds use yarrow to line their nests and experiments suggest yarrow helps inhibit the growth of parasites – smart birds.
The species is found most commonly in wild fields, along roads, or on rocky hillsides and usually has pure white blooms. Plant breeders have capitalized on yarrow’s ability to crossbreed, creating a host of yarrow varieties and yarrow colors like the one pictured. They form clumps that grow 24 to 30 inches tall and wide and it’ll bloom from spring to summer and can be cut back for repeat blooming in watered gardens.
The Anglo-Saxon name means, “to make healthy” in reference to the plant’s long historical use as a medicinal herb, food and even a flavoring in beer prior to the use of hops.
Published by Amy on: Oct 4, 2016


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