Achillea Filipendulina ‘Parkers Variety’ – ( Fern-Leaf Yarrow)
This wonderful garden plant is an upright clump forming achillea which is native to the Caucasus, Iran and Afghanistan. It has hairy, feathery, grey-green foliage, and produces bright yellow flowers grouped together in large, flat bowls approximately 10 cm across, for most of the summer.
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This Achillea is an upright growing plant which has lovely greyish green fern-like leaves which are quite different from other yarrows. They are deeply dissected, and hairy , being highly aromatic. The flowers are tiny , but they are borne grouped together in flattened dish like structures which are about 10 cm wide. They are a vivid golden yellow and are produced on long stiff straight stems, typically rising from 90cm to 1.2 metres. They are a very good cut flower. It is best to site the plant with some protection from the wind, and deadhead it to promote another flush of flowers. If you cut the plant back after the summer flowering , to tidy it up , you may also encourage more flowers in autumn
The plant likes lean, dry to medium, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. It does not mind poor soils so long as the drainage is good. However it won’t tolerate rich moist & fertile soils very well . It can tolerate hot and humid summers with some drought.
Divide the plant every 3-4 years to rejuvenate it.
Achillea were named after the hero Achilles from Thessaly, who was reputed to have used the plant to stop bleeding both for himself and also for his soldiers.
Sow indoors Spring and Autumn. Surface sow onto moist well-drained seed compost. Cover with a sprinkling of soil. Propagate or place somewhere warm, 15-20°C. Water from the base of tray only. Keep moist but not wet. Germination takes 5-10 days. When seedlings have 2 true leaves prick out to 8cm pots and grow on. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed with 100cm spacing. Overwinter autumn sowings in a frost free area.
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