Plant of the Month July 2013

‘Pomegranate’  Yarrow                                                                    

Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’

I have to admit to not being a huge fanpomegranate yarrow of common yarrows, and while they are offered in a range of bloom colors, most fade quickly to a drab beige which I don’t want in the garden. However, ‘Pomegranate’ is an exception to that rule. Although it is harder to find in garden centers and nurseries than the more common varieties, it is well worth seeking out for its stunning, red velvet like flowers that hold their color well and gradually fade to a soft pink. It is usually the first plant that visitors to my garden fall in love with, the deep rich red of the flowers and fine, ferny leaves, catching their attention immediately.

‘Pomegranate’ is perfect for hot, hard to grow areas as it has exceptional heat tolerance, and  does best in poor soils with average to dry conditions. It dislikes excessive moisture and is very drought tolerant once established. The plant grows to about 24” high and 24″ wide  and is great in containers, and xeriscape plantings. Luckily, it is easily divided to expand your collection.

pomegranate yarrowQuick Facts

  • Compact, sturdy habit 24″ x 24″
  • Velvety red flowers, rebloom if deadheaded
  • Exceptional heat tolerance
  • Very drought tolerant, once established
  • Attracts hummingbirds, bees, butterflies