Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta'
Common Name: Terra Cotta Yarrow  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color

Gold, Orange, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

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


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

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


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This yarrow has soft green, ferny foliage and flowers that start off a bright salmon color, fading to terra cotta and changing to buff. There are multi-colored blossoms on a single plant that bloom throughout summer. Blooms from May to July. Grows about 18 to 30 inches tall and wide, or wider. Lovey with catmint and blue salvia.
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.