Q. How do I care for yarrow?
Achillea sp. is in the family Asteraceae. It is commonly called yarrow or sneezewort and comes in a variety of species originating in southeastern Europe, Asia and North America.
Yarrow prefers full sun and well-drained soil that is not-too-rich. Once established, this dependable plant is drought-tolerant--it may show distress in severe drought but should recover. In summer when the leaves and flowers fade, just cut back and clean up, but leave any new green growth showing.
Achillea benefits from division every 3-4 years, when the center of the plant begins to die out. Cut old growth back to the ground in late winter as new growth begins. To propagate, divide plants in spring, or take semi-mature cuttings in summer and fall; sow seed in April or May in a warm location. Some cultivars may need staking.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service