Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium
Common Name: Common Yarrow  
Plant photo of: Achillea millefolium
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Common Yarrow is a hardy perennial with ferny, bright green foliage. It has a tight cluster of white flowers and typically blooms in the summer months. It attracts bees and butterflies. It prefers full sun and becomes drought tolerant once it's established. Following bloom, dead head spent flowers to keep it looking tidy. Once established, it can spread rapidly and overwhelm less vigorous and smaller perennials; this can be an asset if planned for accordingly.
Many different cultivars of Yarrow are available, with different flower colors, including yellows, reds, peaches, and pinks. Yarrow makes a good ground cover when mowed, and tolerates a fair amount of foot traffic. Divide in the spring every few years as the centers can sometimes melt out. Grow in full sun to part shade in well drained soils. Tolerates clay soils. Yarrows are best not planted next to slower-growing and smaller perennials, as they may overtake and overwhelm them.