National Collection of Achillea Millefolium
We are proud to hold the National Collection of Achillea millefolium.
We are passionate about growing these stunning plants – some may say obsessive.
We grow them in a wide range of colours and heights – so there is one to suit every garden. At our nursery in south Lincolnshire, we contend with Easterly winds, hot and dry summers, and wet and cold winters.
A robust and hard-working perennial, the Achilleas take all this in their stride and flower in our gardens from May all the way through to December and will complement all gardens.
The common name for Achillea millefolium is Yarrow and its botanical name is derived from the Greek mythological character, Achilles.
According to the Iliad, Achilles’ soldiers used yarrow plant leaves to treat their wounds which is the Achillea is also known as allheal and bloodwort. Yarrow is still used today in homeopathy.
The Achillea, which originates from North America, is a hardy herbaceous perennial. The cultivated varieties have become reliable in gardens all over the world. These distinctive plants typically have frilly, soft, feathery aromatic leaves, and masses of dazzling flower heads which are irresistible to butterflies and bees.
Plants should be deadheaded to encourage new growth and a second bloom. Cutting back after the second bloom will refresh the plant and reduce the need for staking.