Yarrow 'Paprika' {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}

Vibrant and bold, Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' features large clusters of intense bright fire engine red flowers surrounding a distinctive yellow eye, atop aromatic, green fern-like foliage. She will add sweeping swaths of color and texture to your garden. From June to October, 'Paprika' Yarrow's numerous tiny flowers form dense 2 to 3 inch wide flower clusters atop nearly evergreen fragrant, lacy, fern-like foliage.

Her rusty red blooms age to pink and white through the summer, adding a lovely multi-colored look. Planting Achillea in afternoon shade will slow the fading a bit. Deadheading encourages more blooms. Plants can be cut back to basal leaves to refresh foliage and encourage even more late summer blooms.

As one of the shorter Achilleas, she has a moderate to fast growth rate making her a perfect option in a garden where you seek textured foliage and mid-level height. This perennial is a flush of lacy foliage adorned by bright red blooms, making her a standout addition to your garden.

Paprika Yarrow prefers well drained, average to poor soil and tolerates heat, humidity and drought. Use in mass for naturalizing, wildflower gardens, rock gardens and mixed beds. Moderately salt tolerant. Suitable for cut and dried flowers and attracts butterflies. Mature height 18-24", spread 18-24".
General information about Achillea (Yarrow):
Like vintage lace, Achillea, commonly called yarrow, when blossoming in your garden will take you back to your grandmother’s decorative doilies. From mid-summer through autumn dessert-plate size flower clusters sit perched above feathery sage foliage ready to serve butterflies their sweet nectar.

Herbaceous in nature, most yarrows reach heights of 2-4 feet and are delightfully durable tolerating drought and poor soil without fading. We offer golden and pink varieties that will be perfect as a back-border, in rock gardens or planted in mass creating the effect of a wildflower meadow. In fact, because it is self-sowing and will spread indefinitely, some gardeners opt to use it as a lawn-substitute.

Yarrow can become slightly untidy as it spreads, so gardeners often place it in the background creating a wispy web of leaves covered in rich, substantial blooms. With a moderate to fast growth rate and willingness to tolerate poor soil, heat, humidity, drought, pollution, rabbits and slopes as well as moderate tolerance of salt and infrequent foot traffic, yarrow is one of the hardiest perennials available.

Yarrow is prized for her flower clusters that are perfect for dried arrangements or fresh in a vase. These lovely perennials lend an alluring sense of days gone by to any garden.

Interesting Facts
Yarrow came to North America from the Caucasus region bordering Europe and Asia.

The word "Achillea" refers to the Greek hero, Achilles who used yarrow for himself and for his soldiers. The Greeks began using yarrow over 3,000 years ago for treating external wounds on the skin. Both the flowers and leaves of yarrow were eaten or made into a tincture-tea. Often people chewed the leaves to relieve pain of a tooth ache. The fresh leaves were used in a variety of medicinal applications including fevers, stopping bleeding, menstrual issues, circulation and even gastrointestinal concerns.

In culinary applications, the leaves of the yarrow can be used cooked or raw and are best eaten when young. Slightly bitter, they add a pungent punch to salads. They have a bitter flavor but are good in mixed salads and best used when they are young. The flowers are often used in teas.

Gardener Tips
If you enjoy organic gardening approaches, Yarrow is an ideal companion plant. It attracts predatory wasps that use insect pests as food for their larvae. Similarly, it attracts ladybugs and hoverflies, also desirable garden bugs.

We love pairing Autumn Joy Stonecrop, Phlox, and any of our daylilies with yarrow. The result is a constant display of color from early spring through autumn.

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Deadheading spent flower heads is recommended to promote extended blooming.
For best growth, cut stems back to a couple of inches above the soil after the first killing frost.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring for more vivid color, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week.
Requires good drainage.
Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps. Yarrow is easily dividable by simply digging up a large quantity and shaking loose into clumps. Ideally, this is done in springtime though yarrow will tolerate propagation virtually anytime.
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Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'
(AKA Milfoil, Thousand Leaf, Stanchgrass, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Nose-bleed, Soldier's Woundwort, Thousandleaf, Thousand Seal)
Pronunciation: ah-KILL-lee-ah mill-ih-FOE-lee-um

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