Achillea millefolium L.


Family: Compositae

Genus: Achillea

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: 1 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Lace-like foliage. Spreads by rhizomes. Many small white flowers in summer in clusters. The flowers can be cut back when they have turned brown and the plants should rebloom in late summer given adequate moisture and food. Prefers full sun to light shade.


The species is considered a troublesome weed but there are many cultivars which are very popular.


Native to Europe, North America, India, Pakistan, Guatemala and temperate Asia (not China or Japan).

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 899 in 1753.

'Millefolium' = many leaves


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