Boreal Yarrow

Achillea millefolium var. borealis | Also known as: Northern Yarrow | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Achillea millefolium var. borealis is native to Arctic regions. This drought tolerant flowering plant likes dry soil so don't over water it. It likes to be in sun or partial shade and it produces creamy white daisy shaped flowers over the summer months. As you'd expect from an Arctic plant, this species has good tolerance for the cold. The fern-like foliage has a strong aromatic scent. It has a silvery grey colouring and a furry velvet texture. Bees, butterflies and birds are attracted to this plant. It self sows easily so if you don't want more plants, remember to remove the dead flower heads.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Skin reaction possible if you touch leaves.
Height [m]
  • 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.35 - 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Mat-forming
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Meadows
  • Prairies
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years