Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold' (Fernleaf Yarrow)
1/4 of a teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold' (Fernleaf Yarrow) is a perennial growing to 120cm with fine lacy foliage. The flowers are arranged in corymbs, flat-topped bright yellow/gold flower clusters which can be as large as the large, around 13cm across or more. Flowering is from mid summer. Plants prefer full sun and well drained soil. This is a statement plant and is stunning when grown in mass. It can tolerate temperatures to -30C and is an excellent choice for a water wise garden. The flowers being in the beneficial insects particularly hoverflies.
It makes an excellent dried or cut flower. Cut when the flowers are well open but before the oldest flowers on the stem start to show signs of browning. To dry, hang upside down in a warm (not hot) place with good air circulation. Drying too fast at high temps can cause browning, but drying too slowly may result in colour loss on the stems and leaves and give a less fresh appearance.
Sow seeds in autumn or spring. As light aids germination, sprinkle seeds on top of potting mix and lightly cover with soil. Gently water and keep moist not wet. Ideal temperature for germination is 15 to 20C. Germination takes 5 to 10 days. Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of true leaves (which to most people look like its second leaves) and transplant into 10cm pots containing free-draining potting mix and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outside.