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Products > Achillea 'Moonshine'
Achillea 'Moonshine' - Fern Leaf Yarrow

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (A. clypeolata x A. 'Taygetea')
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Achillea 'Moonshine' (Fern Leaf Yarrow) A herbaceous perennial forms 18 to 24 inch wide clumps of finely dissected gray-green foliage. In late spring through summer the lemon yellow flower heads rise on straight stalks 18 to 24 inches above the foliage - in mild coastal California the flowers are often present from mid spring until October. Dehead flowers to promote prolonged flowering and cut back to basal foliage in fall to tidy up the plant. This plant thrives in full sun, with reasonable drainage and moderate to occasional summer water. Hardy to below 0 degrees F (to USDA zone 3). This is one of the best garden perennials and is great for cut flowers, either fresh or dried and a good nectar source for butterflies. This old favorite is considered to be a hybrid between Achillea clypeolata and A. 'Taygetea' (an old illegitimate name that possibly refers to A. taygetea which is a synonym for A. aegyptiaca) and was introduced by Alan Bloom in the 1950's. We have grown 'Moonshine' since 1988 and feel it is one of the best and most durable of the Yarrow. This plant received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Achillea 'Moonshine'.