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’ is a slightly unusual form of achillea – or yarrow.
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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