Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Grow your own "Cerise Queen" yarrow from seed for its graceful, deep green foliage and sublime, sunset-pink drifts of tiny flowers. Few delicate-looking ornamental plants are this versatile and easy to grow.
Though its drought-hardy, "Cerise Queen" yarrow blooms from late spring to early fall when its provided ample water. When it's included in xeriscapes, it may take a break in the bloom during the peak of summer but holds its own in hot climates.
Planted against a backdrop of dense green foliage, "Cerise Queen" yarrow really does look like floating pink clouds against a fantasy-inspired sky, and the white centers from each blossom might remind you of pink sequins threaded with seed pearls.
Yarrow is one of our favorite plants for softening a garden's contours, blending angular structures into the landscape and softening transitions between tall and compact ornamentals. We suggest you grow "Cerise Queen" yarrow against fences and walls, as a space-filler between other plants, and to offset boulders, raised beds, and other hardscape features.
This variety's showy pink flowers look fantastic next to daisies, coneflowers, and cosmos, and they're a good choice for planting among larkspur, hollyhocks, and spring-blooming bulbs. Yarrow, in spite of its available range of colors, is a subtle and versatile plant that can grow almost anywhere you need to fill in space and add layers of visual interest. It's deer and rabbit tolerant, too.
Achillea millefolium "Cerise Queen" is the perfect choice for gardeners who want to provide a natural-themed habitat for pollinators, since the species is native to North America as well as Europe and western Asia. Beneficial bees, wasps, moths, and butterflies love yarrow, and you might even attract a hummingbird or two.
"Cerise Queen" yarrow is a spectacular cut flower, fresh or dried. Add it to wildflower arrangements, or with other petite species such as baby's breath either as delicate nosegays or as accents to bolder species. The fine-toothed foliage alone is a valued design element. Invert the entire flowering stems as soon as buds begin to open to dry your yarrow; they'll hold their color for a surprising length of time.
- Type: Flower
- Color: Pink
- Height: 18" to 30" Tall
- Width: 24" to 30" Spread
- Season: Perennial
- Zones: 4 to 9
- Environment: Full sun
Growing Conditions and Care
As long as you provide it with well-draining soil and full sun, all yarrow varieties adapt well to most garden environments. We recommend deep, intermittent watering, but "Cerise Queen" yarrow handles drought quite well. Prepare the soil with well-aged compost to improve drainage and give your plants the best head start, and deadhead spent flower heads to extend their bloom period.
Cut down wilted foliage after your first hard frost to tidy up your garden in the fall. These perennials will quickly regrow the following spring!
Size and Growth Habit
"Cerise Queen" yarrow typically grows 18" to 30" tall and 24" to 30" wide. It grows in an upward, mounding fashion when widely-spaced, but can take on a tall, almost columnar shape if crowded.
Yarrow is a prolific blooming perennial with ribbed stalks that give way to multiple graceful branching stems. From these grow alternating feathery, three to four-inch leaves. Healthy yarrow foliage is a rich, deep green, with a pleasant and noticeable aroma. Much like daisies, yarrow flowers are composite; their centers (which are typically white on "Cerise Queen") 15-40 disc florets, edged with 3-8 "petals" or ray florets. Each cluster is made from dozens of tightly-clustered compound flowers, and yarrow tends to have multiple flower clusters per plant. The flowers are usually pink, but sometimes bloom in lilac.
"Cerise Queen" germinates in 7 to 21 days, and once it's sprouted, it quickly matures to the flowering phase.
While yarrow is technically considered toxic to pets, reported poisonings are rare. Achillea millefolium actually has a long history as a culinary and medicinal plant, though the white variety is almost exclusively selected for these purposes. Always supervise children and animals around garden plants, and defer to herbal experts before consuming any unfamiliar plant.
Achillea millefolium is native to North America, Europe and Western Asia, meaning it's probably been around since before the Bering land bridge. In many cultures, it's associated with the military in part due to its ability to help clot wounds. In fact, it earned the genus name Achillea from the legend claiming that Achilles himself used it to care for his injured soldiers.