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Plant Guide

Achillea 'Moonshine'

Common Name
Yarrow
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Perennial
Size
18" - 24" x 24" - 30"
Flower Color
Bright Yellow
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Leaves
Finely Divided, Gray-Green
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
  • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Achillea 'Moonshine' is a bright yellow yarrow with 2" -3" wide flowers. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.  Flowers are good cut or can be dried. It ranges from 1.5' - 3' high and slowly spreads by rhizomes.  Plant it with Salvia patens, Nepeta 'Walkers Low', Agastache 'Apricot Sunset', 'Big Sky' coneflowersor in front of Savia guaranitica 'Black & Blue, Agastache 'Blue Fortune

Tolerates average to poor soil but needs good drainage or may develop root rot. Powdery mildew may also develop with poor air circulation and moist conditions.

Bees and butterflies love this plant but the deer pass it by.

No significant pests but may develop powdery mildew if located in to much shade & poor air circulation. Cut back after bloom to encourage repeat blooms. Divide clumps in late winter when they become overcrowded.

Master Gardener Comments

This is one of the workhorses of my garden. Plant in clumps in well-drained soil and forget about it.

Varietals

Achillea 'Heida' - cherry red flowers

Achillea 'Terracotta' - rusty yellow flowers

Achillea 'Paprika' - bright red flowers

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