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Yarrow ‘Oertel’s Rose’

Achillea millefolium ‘Oertel’s Rose’

‘Oertel’s Rose’

Text and photo by Virginia Williams

An easy but tough perennial with ferny, soft textured aromatic foliage, Achillea millefolium is long-lived and long-blooming—up to twelve weeks—providing color and interest from summer to early fall.

“Oertel’s rose” is one of the shorter varieties, maturing at about two feet, whereas other yarrows can grow to three feet.  Two- to 3-inch wide flower clusters in pink to red are a major selling point.

Achillea tolerates poor soil, heat, humidity, drought, pollution, rabbits, and deer—almost all the challenges that Maryland throws at us.  But it does want to be in full sun.  Because it can grow in dry soil, it can be planted on problem slopes where rain runs off and doesn’t soak in well.

Achillea millefoliums in general can spread aggressively by root, but this yarrow self sows.  Seedlings will be inferior plants, so pull them.  Removing spent blooms will prolong the season.

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