Greek yarrow

Achillea ageratifolia | Also known as: Balkan yarrow, Achillea | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Greek yarrow. Prettier than Greek yoghurt, but a little less tasty.

Achillea ageratifolia or Greek yarrow is a flowering plant native to Greece. It's a spreading,low growing plant that grows like a cushion, from which burst forth lots of white flowers on tall stems. The leaves are a silvery colour and are fragrant. In 1993 it was given a Royal Horticultural Society Award for Garden Merit. It's an easy plant to grow requiring little maintenance, just remove the flower stems when they're finished. It does need good drainage, but if you have an area in your garden with poor and dry soil, this plant will tolerate it well.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Skin reaction possible if you touch leaves.
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.25 - 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H8-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
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