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Products > Achillea 'Salmon Beauty'
Achillea 'Salmon Beauty' - Salmon Yarrow
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Achillea 'Lachsshönheit']
Parentage: (A. millefolium x A. 'Taygetea')
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 °F
Achillea 'Salmon Beauty' (Salmon Yarrow) - This perennial yarrow forms a spreading mat to 3+ feet wide of fern-like, mid-green leaves. The large flat heads, rising 18 inches above the foliage have salmon-pink flowers that fade to creamy yellow beginning in late spring and continuing through summer.

Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate regularly. Can withstand summer drought but looks much better when irrigated and grown in full sun. Hardy to at least 0 degrees F. A great accent plant or ground cover that is a good nectar source for butterflies but left alone by deer.

'Salmon Beauty' is sometimes called 'Lachsshonheit', the German name under which it was first named. It is one of the Galaxy Hybrids, a group of hybrids imported from Germany that resulted from the crossing Achillea millefolium (pink and red flowered forms) with the yellow Achillea 'Taygetea' (AKA Achillea aegyptiaca var. taygetea). Most of the series vegetatively resemble Achillea millefolium with mats of pale to dark green, dissected leaves but the larger heads of flowers come from Achillea 'Taygetea' parent.

The name Achillea was named for the Greek mythological character Achilles, who in Homer's Iliad was a student of the centaur Chiron, known for his great knowledge of medicine. Achilles' soldiers in the battle against Troy used yarrow to treat wounds garnering the plant herbal fame and giving it common names such as allheal and bloodwort. Legend had it that the plant sprung from Achilles spear. The specific epithet millefolium means "thousand-leaf" in reference to its fern-like foliage. This plant received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1999 and we have grown this very nice cultivar since 1994. 

This information about Achillea 'Salmon Beauty' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.