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Achillea 'Moonshine'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Yarrow

Still one of the most popular garden plants today, A. 'Moonshine' is valuable in the landscape because it combines well with almost everything. It is a terrific foil for many other colors including purple, blue, and pink. Its flat-topped, canary yellow flower clusters and bright silver foliage light up the garden.

This is a clump-forming selection that blooms over a long period beginning in early summer. Plants will rebloom if they are cut back after the first round of flowering.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-24 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Silver/grey shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Yarrow is one of the easiest perennials to grow and is a good choice for beginners. All it needs is full sun and well-drained soil. It thrives in average to poor soil and is drought tolerant once established. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be tall and floppy. After the flowers have faded, cut the plant back by half. This will likely stimulate a second flush of blooms in late summer. Do not let plants go to seed. Most varieties do not come true from seed. Divide every few years to keep plants to a manageable size.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Thomas Killen'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow'
Common Name: Globe Thistle
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'
Common Name: Blanket Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' ('Mainacht')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Barbara Mitchell'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Nepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788
Common Name: Catmint
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Purple De Oro'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.