Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Colorado Mix yarrow has the same umbrella-shaped flower clusters and graceful, fern-like stems as our standard white variety, but with the added bonus of warm, cheerful pastel colors and a more compact size. Achillea millefolium "Colorado Mix" is incredibly easy to grow from seed, and more resilient than it looks!
Yarrow is a prolific blooming perennial. It grows upright 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 are 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 clusters per plant.
Our Colorado Mix yarrow variety blooms throughout the season, from late May well into September, and it's a perfect choice for a pollinator garden. Beneficial bees, wasps, moths, and butterflies love yarrow, and the occasional hummingbird might stop by for a treat.
We suggest you try yarrow against fences and walls, as a space-filler between other plants, or to soften up areas planted with course or sparse foliage. There's something about the rounded flower clusters and growth habit that makes yarrow a great counterpart to spiky, angular plants or objects such as raised beds, hydrant hoses, and boulders. The various colors in Colorado Mix yarrow—shades of white, yellow, pink, salmon, and lilac—go beautifully with mature lavender and other mounding herbaceous shrubs. Or you might plant it among vertical plants such as larkspur, hollyhocks, and spring-blooming bulbs.
Bring your colorful yarrow plants indoors! Cut entire Colorado Mix yarrow stems for dried or fresh-cut arrangements. Florists love the lacy look for bridal bouquets, and they're a must for wildflower and woodland themed designs.
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- Type: Flower
- Color: Mixture
- Height: 18" to 24" Tall
- Width: 18" to 24" 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 Colorado Mix yarrow handles drought and moist soils just the same. 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
Colorado Mix yarrow typically grows 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, though it may reach up to 34 inches in height. It grows in an upward, mounding fashion when widely-spaced, but can take on a tall, almost columnar shape if crowded. It 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.
Yarrow is also associated with divination, particularly when one is questioning their romantic fate. According to Maud Grieve's A Modern Herbal, in Eastern Europe (it's called yarroway) "the inside of the nose is tickled while the following lines are spoken. If the operation causes the nose to bleed, it is a certain omen of success: 'Yarroway, Yarroway, bear a white blow; if my love love me, my nose will bleed now.'"