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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 that 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.

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. Deadhead flowers to promote prolonged flowering and cut back to basal foliage in fall to tidy up the plant.

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 var. taygetea) and was introduced by Alan Bloom in the 1950's. This plant received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993. We have grown 'Moonshine' since 1988 and feel it is one of the best and most durable of the Yarrow plants. 

This information about Achillea 'Moonshine' 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.