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Products > Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink'
Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink' - Island Pink Yarrow
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Circumboreal
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [A. millefolium 'Pink Island Form']
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink' (Island Pink Yarrow) A mat forming semi-evergreen groundcover the spreads by rhizomes with narrow bright green (darkening with age) feather-like aromatic leaves that are finely divided and soft to the touch. In late spring into fall 18 to 24 inch tall stems rise above the foliage bearing 3 to 4 inch wide flat clusters of small flowers that are a dark rose pink initially and age first to light pink and then to nearly white. Plant in full to part sun in most any soil type and irrigate occasionally. Hardy to USDA Zone 6 and above. This flowers attractive to bees and butterflies and the plant is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including deer, foot traffic, near coastal exposure, alkaline and clay soils. It is a low fuel plant for firesafe plantings and can be mowed for use as a lawn substitute planting. Though the species is circumboreal (found throughout the northern hemisphere) most garden selections have been made from plants originating from Europe but this is a truly native selection that was from a plant collected on Santa Cruz Island, the largest island of the of the eight islands in the Santa Barbara Channel Island archipelago. Most other native selections are white but this one has rich pink flowers. Our plants from Suncrest Nursery that were originally received by Nevin Smith in the 1980s from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 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 is also sometimes listed as 'Pink Island Form' and the species as Achillea borealis ssp. californica. 

Information about Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.