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Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold' (Achillea)
This plant was thought to have been named by Linnaeus, the 18th Century naturalist who used the great warrior of Homer's Iliad; Achilles. The legend tells that Achilles' troops carried achillea into battle with them because the foliage when packed into a wound is supposed to stem the flow of blood.
Originates from grasslands of the Northern hemisphere.
Can be planted at any point in the year. Water well before planting. Dig a hole loosening the soil with a fork, especially at the bottom. Place the plant in the hole so that the compost is at the same level as the surrounding soil. Fill in around the plant with loose soil and firm in the roots to secure the plant. Water again after planting.
Heavier clay soils should be loosened with grit and organic matter.
Dividing the rootball in autumn or spring.
From seed - seeds can be grown in winter under cover in a cold greenhouse or coldframe. Or indoors in early spring and then directly into the ground after the last frosts have passed.
Self seeds quite freely on its own but you can also allow seedheads to dry on the plant, remove and collect seed, clean it and store for future use.
Will tolerate most soils and conditions but grows best in moist, well drained soil in an open site in full sun. Can be drought tolerant.
A reasonably easy plant to grow, requiring little attention, although it will need supporting before the flowerheads appear. Application of an annual dressing with a general fertiliser once a year is sufficient feed to keep the plant healthy. Dead heading will prolong flowering through the summer season. Seedheads should be removed if new seedlings are not required next season. Cut back the plant in autumn
Mainly trouble free but can suffer from aphids
This is one of the taller Achilleas and is a plant that is attractive to bees and butterflies. Excellent as fresh cut flowers or dried. The foliage has a spicy odour when crushed.
This is one of the biggest achilleas, with flat plate like heads of mustard yellow flowers held on tall ferny foliage beneath and will need space to spread out.
Divide mature plants for propagation
Apply a general fertiliser at the base of the plant
Stake the plant before flowerheads appear to avoid the stems getting damaged and falling over in wet weather.
Dead head to prolong flowering (Jul-Sept)
Cut back in Autumn once flowering has ended. Handle the floliage with care as this can irritate the skin.
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Fern Leaf Yarrow 'Cloth of Gold'
Moist Well Drained
H (Fully Hardy) to -15°C