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Y is for Yarrow on the A to Z Challenge

Achillea “Paprika’

Yarrow is more properly known as Achillea. Achillea ‘Paprika’ is just one of a large family of flowers that are not fussy about location or soil. They love the sun and butterflies love them

Achillea ‘The Pearl’

Achillea “The Pearl’ is a slightly unusual form of achillea – or yarrow.

Achillea ‘Terra Cotta’

Achillea ‘Terra Cotta’ grows right next to my front door.  I do want to say that I have seen the same yarrows growing in other gardens and the exact hue of the color varies – which just shows the difference that our soil makes. One of those garden mysteries.

While we were living in Beijing I learned about the I Ching, a system of divination that sometimes makes use of 40 yarrow sticks, which means I could  harvest my yarrow at the end of the year and cut the stems to the same length and tell my own future. While I had enough time in Beijing to learn about the I Ching, I never learned how to cast the yarrow sticks. That would take more years.

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8 comments to Y is for Yarrow on the A to Z Challenge

  • I really like Yarrow and we have several colors in our garden. They are pretty and draw beneficial bugs to the garden…always a plus!

  • Lovely! Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

  • Denise Hammond

    My gardener mistook some yarrow for tansy and was going to dig it up. Thank goodness I was there. I love unfussy plants.

  • I planted Yarrow once and it took over everything. Pretty flower, but a bit pushy.

  • Pat

    Christy – Yarrow is a great plant – lots of colors.
    Juliet – I love City Muse Country Muse!
    Denise – NEVER EVER plant tansy!
    melanie – My climate is difficult enough so that yarrow is pretty well behaved in my garden.

  • Lovely plant but can’t get them to thrive in my garden. Maybe I’ll give them one last try.

  • Hey there. I have put a link to your blog on my post for Y on the A – Z Challenge which is for today. My son Rocco is picking a number on the linky list at random and I post the link for each day. Hope you don’t mind.

    Loved your blog. Now the weather has got better over here in the UK, The kids are getting into growing vegetables. Tomatoes and Peppers are the main ones we are going to have a go at this year.

    Cheers,

    W.

  • I also grow ‘Paprika’, it’s a great plant.

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