Achillea millefolium
Common Yarrow, Milfoil
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Summer-early autumn
Height 18-24in/45-60mm
Light preference Prefers full sun
Soil preference Any, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring, Surface
A plant of many names! It has variously been called, Devil's Nettle, Hundred-leaved Grass, Lace Plant, Milfoil, Nose Pepper, Nosebleed, Sanguinarya and Soldier's Woundwort (to name just a few), some clearly referring to its medicinal properties, others to its appearance. Whilst many cultivars are available, this wild flower is white or cream, sometimes pale pink. The flat heads of tiny blooms are held on wiry stems clothed in very fine, ferny, dark-green foliage. Attractive to bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects. I am offering, separately, seed gathered from a lovely deep-cream plant, but cannot guarantee that it will come true.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow onto the surface of moist, but not waterlogged, compost in spring or autumn. (Please note that it is very difficult to fully isolate the seeds, so the packet will usually contain chaff.) It may be beneficial to cover with clear plastic until germination occurs, which should take 14-21 days. Prick out seedlings and grow on in a cold frame, planting out when all danger of frost is past.
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