Yarrow 'Moonshine' tray of 72 cells

Achillea millefolium 'Moonshine' (AKA A. taygetea, Fernleaf Yarrow)
Pronunciation: ah-KILL-lee-ah
Product: 9367

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These plants are grown in a 10" x 20" tray (view sample). Size of the cells in a 72-cell tray: depth 2.35" x 1.625" x 1.625". Volume: 4 cubic inches.
Moonshine's sunny-yellow flower clusters seem to flutter like canaries with wings spread aloft feathery blue-grey foliage. Her fragrant and finely dissected silvery-sage foliage remains evergreen and is the perfect backdrop for the bright blossoms (up to 4 inches wide) from June to September.

If you supply good drainage, Moonshine will tolerate drought and unlike some varieties even tolerates humidity. Though she has a fast growth rate, Moonshine is clump forming and does not spread indefinitely like other Achilleas.

Gardeners often choose Moonshine because she is shorter and more compact than other Achilleas.

Interesting Fact
Moonshine received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Gardener Tips
Its basal leaves, but not its upper stems, are semi-evergreen. Often though, with such stringy leaves, gardeners don't find the look desirable in winter gardens. However, consider employing this trick for a soft, sage evergreen display in winter. When it is time to deadhead after the last flourish of summer and early autumn blooms, trim the majority of the foliage to a 6-inch height. It returns immediately, but with basal leaves only. Essentially, you achieve a shorter, more compact plant which will have lower flower stems for its final mid-autumn rebloom. Whatever remains of the leaves lasts through winter as a tidy and fern-like clump which is absolutely delightful against a snow-covered garden!
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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.

Note: the more sun Achillea gets, the lighter the bloom color will be. For example, in full sun in southern zones Oertel's Rose can be so light as to appear white.

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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Care
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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