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Products > Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen'
 
Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' - Rose Yarrow
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Circumboreal
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' (Rose Yarrow) - This perennial yarrow has flat heads of rose pink flowers that are held over fern-like green leaves to 1 to 2 feet high. Flowers appear in spring and summer. Plant in full sun to light shade and give moderate watering for best appearance but can survive with very little irrigation. Hardy to <0 degrees F. Good nectar source for butterflies and other beneficial insects but left alone by deer. This long time favorite is one of the darker pink yarrows. Since 1985, when we first started growing this plant, we have always vegetatively propagated this plant from our own stock plants and believe our selection of this fine cultivar to be superior to the 'seed' raised plants that are often offered. Few plant species have a range as wide as this species as it can be found growing naturally in Europe, Asia and North America and since noted differences are observed, both morphologically and genetic, it is called a species complex. One thought is it originated in Asia and spread from there in millennia past taking advantage of its ability to grow well in disturbed sites until its range was circumboreal, meaning throughout the northern hemisphere. Though there are selections made of plants naturally growing in California, this selection was a selection made in Europe, so we do not list it as a native California plant. 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 ephitet millefolium means "thousand-leaf" in reference to its fern-like foliage.  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Achillea 'Cerise Queen'.