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Achillea (Yarrow) millefolium – ‘Paprika’

Achilleas are excellent in a sunny perennial border. The feathery leaves are a nice contrast to the bright red blooms held up on sturdy stems. Achilleas will quickly form a dense mound with flat-topped flowers. For an attraction to butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant, one can hardly go wrong with this plant. Achilleas is a spreading, common yarrow which is noted for its deeply-dissected, fern-like, aromatic, medium green foliage and its tiny, long-lasting, dusty-red flowers with yellow centers. The flowers appear throughout the summer on upright stems typically rising 1.5-2′ tall. Initial flower color fades to light pink, creamy yellow and brown. You can prolong flowering by cutting back the plants after the first flowering flush in early summer. Foliage has a strong, somewhat spicy aroma which persists when used in dried arrangements. Great in cottage gardens, in groups or in mass. Prefers well-drained soil and is heat and drought tolerant. 


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Plant Details +

Size 1-2 eye
Height 16-26"
Spacing 12-24"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
Exposure Full Sun to Light Shade in hot areas.
Foliage Evergreen. Strongly aromatic leaves are alternate or in a basal rosette. Fernlike texture.
Flower Cherry Red
Bloomtime Mid to Late Summer, even blooms in drought conditions.

General Information +

Botanical: Achillea millefolium - 'Paprika'

Common: Yarrow

Family: Asteraceae

General Characteristics: Millefolium means "thousand-leaf" in reference to its fern-like foliage. It is best restricted to a naturalized site. Yarrow is very suitable for massing in the perennial border or for fresh or dried floral arrangements. Believed to have medicinal qualities. Sometimes is considered a herb. Once established it's drought resistant. Can be mowed to make a competitive ground cover. Deadheading plant will prolong blooming. Attracts butterflies. Vase life of 7-10 days.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Deer Resistant and Resistant to Walnut Toxicity. Powdery mildew and stem rot are occasional problems in humid conditions.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Best grown in lean, dry to medium wet, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. Does well in average garden soils and tolerates poor soils as long as drainage is good. Avoid heavy clays and moist, rich, fertile soils. Tolerates hot, humid summers and drought. Best sited in locations protected from strong winds. Plants tend to sprawl, particularly in hot, humid climates if grown in moist, rich soils. Cut plants back after flowering to tidy the planting and to encourage new foliage growth and additional bloom. Plants may be sheared to basal foliage after bloom. Divide clumps as needed (every 2-3 years) to maintain the vitality of the planting. Plants slowly spread by rhizomes and can naturalize into substantial colonies over time.