Vintage Red Achillea has bold red blooms with creamy white eyes on aromatic foliage that can range from gray-green to silver. Blooms form into flat clusters from mid summer through early fall. Vintage Red holds it’s shape and color better than some other varieties. It has a more compact growth habit that stays closer to the ground with the blooms sitting on top of the foliage instead of towering above it. Achillea are great for that place in your garden that is inhospitable. It likes most soil conditions but avoid hard packed clay and very dense soils. Make sure that wherever you put it that the soil drains well and that there is some air flow. Achillea are not fond of the wet and can develop root rot and foliar diseases such as botrytis. Remove old growth in early spring before the new growth begins to appear. This will keep your plant looking neat and tidy.
Achillea was named for the Greek warrior Achilles. It is rumored that the centaur Chiron, who was his teacher, introduced him to Yarrow. Yarrow or Achillea is a natural coagulant which can be very useful on a battlefield for stopping the bleeding from battle wounds.
Picture courtesy of Ball Seed Company
Spacing: Plant 12″ to 14″ apart.
Height: Grows 12″ to 14″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Remove spent flower heads to promote new growth. Achillea attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and makes great cut flowers. Deer resistant. The blooms are also great for drying.
Tips: Medium to dry soil requirements. Drought tolerant when established.
Uses: Garden Beds, Landscapes, Cut Flower, Xeriscapes