White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Quick Facts
White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a nectar plant to American Lady, Karner Blue, and many others
Native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Both native and introduced varieties widely distributed in the lower 48, Alaska, and Canada
Herbaceous perennial hardy in USDA zones 3-9
Full sun, may tolerate partial shade
Needs well drained soil, prefers poor soil but will tolerate a wide range
Medium to dry moisture
Flat-topped, fragrant clusters of small white to pink flowers bloom in the summer
Grows 1-3 feet tall
Space 1-1.5 feet apart
Where to Plant
White Yarrow tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. This herbaceous perennial is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9 and is drought tolerant. Even though it prefers full sun, poor soil, and drier conditions, it will tolerate almost anything except full shade and poor drainage. It will not thrive in a shady bog gardens, on the top of a snowy mountain, or in the tropics. Unless you live in those extreme locations, you can grow this nectar plant in your garden.
Achillea millefolium can spread quite aggressively through both rhizomes and re-seeding. For some this is no downside at all! However, if you’d like to keep it under stricter control you can deadhead the spent flowers to encourage continued blooming and keep the spread to a minimum. Dividing the plant every other spring will keep it from growing too dense.
If you have sensitive skin, it is cautious to wear gloves while handling White Yarrow. Prolonged contact may cause skin irritation and photosensitivity in some. If you have pets who are known to eat your garden or house plants, you may want to keep Yarrow in a fenced-off area. It is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Cows, however, may use it as a snack – though their milk has been reported to gain an unpleasant flavor from this fragrant herb!
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Loved by butterflies and bees worldwide, White Yarrow is an easy and fragrant plant for your butterfly, pollinator, or native garden!