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Milfoil Achillea millefolium hybrids

Other plants called Milfoil:

Phonetic Spelling
uh-KILL-lee-ah mil-lih-FOE-lee-um
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Hybrid varieties were bred to produce stronger stems with a more erect habit, as common yarrow tends to get ragged or matted looking toward the end of the season. Hybrids may also produce larger flower heads and are available in a vast variety of colors including white, lavender, pink, red or yellow.  Dependable herbaceous perennial herb; leaves alternate, finely pinnately divided, resulting in a fern-like appearance. 

Utilized in natural areas; weedy in disturbed areas in meadows, pastures, waste places, roadsides; landscape, lawn alternative, and flower gardens. Spend flowers should be removed to encourage rebloom and discourage self-seeding.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Galaxy
    Galaxy series is available in a variety of colors, other parent is A. Taygetea
  • Moonshine
    silver/grey/green foliage with lemon-yellow flowers; other parent is Egyptian yarrow
  • Paprika
    brick red flowers with yellow centers
Tags:
#white#pink#yellow#poisonous#perennial#white flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#flowering#cpp#yarrow#achillea
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Galaxy
    Galaxy series is available in a variety of colors, other parent is A. Taygetea
  • Moonshine
    silver/grey/green foliage with lemon-yellow flowers; other parent is Egyptian yarrow
  • Paprika
    brick red flowers with yellow centers
Tags:
#white#pink#yellow#poisonous#perennial#white flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#flowering#cpp#yarrow#achillea
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Achillea
    Species:
    millefolium
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Genus was named for the Greek Trojan War hero, Achilles, who was said to have used this plant to treat wounded soldiers. Historically, this medicinal herb has been used to treat a range of maladies including fever, skin rashes, bleeding, and stomach upset.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, garden hybrids
    Distribution:
    Naturalized in USA, NC
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and bees.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Easy to Grow
    Edibility:
    EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves. Soak leaves in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Chop leaves and steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Drink as a tea. SOURCE: Crowhurst, A. 1972. The Weed Cookbook. Lancer Books, Inc. New York, 190 pp.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Head
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    flowers small, white, pink, yellow (more) in terminal clusters of flat heads
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Dried
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Narrowly oblong to lance-shaped aromatic with a strong spicy aroma. Fern-like.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Pollution
    Salt
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Increased urination, vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis. Minor skin irritation in humans. Skin irritation after contact with plant and exposure to sunlight.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Achilleine and alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves