Achillea ‘Terracotta’1

$8.50

Very pretty ground cover for a sunny spot, especially when mixed with other colours from our range. Fragrant feathery foliage, airy salmon-pink flower clusters aging to terracotta then creamy yellow in summer.

Description

  • Form: Herb
  • Plant Family: Asteraceae (Daisy)
  • Lifecycle: Perennial
  • Use 1. Ground Cover: Spreading on rhizomes, achilleas will gradually form a dense low level ground cover. They improve the soil and health of plants growing nearby and can limit erosion by binding the soil, although this property can make them invasive too. 
  • Use 2. Nutrient Cycler: Achilleas are dynamic mineral accumulators and contain nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and copper. Cut achilleas can be soaked in a bucket and used to make a fertilizer or added to a compost heap to aid decomposition.
  • Use 3. Culinary: Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked in small quantities and are best harvested young.
  • Use 4. Brewing & Distilling: In the middle ages yarrow was used to flavour beers, and is still used in some liquors and bitters.
  • Use 5. Medicinal: This herb has been used in many parts of the world for treatments as varied as healing wounds, bleedings, headache, inflammation, pains, spasmodic diseases, flatulence and dyspepsia. It can be used both internally and externally, fresh or dried. Extended use can cause skin rashes or photosensitivity.
  • Use 6. Dye Plant: This herb yields a golden brown dye.
  • Growing Conditions: Prefers well drained soil in full sun but is very tolerant of a wide range of conditions including drought
  • Height: 80cm when in flower
  • Hardiness: Hardy to -15
  • Flowering time:  Early through to late summer
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Biodiversity value: Attracts bees, butterflies, predatory wasps, ladybirds and hoverflies
  • Native to: Temperate areas of Europe, Asia and North America
  • Food Forest Fit: Ground cover layer. Can hold its own against grass. Excellent companion plant.
  • Fun Fact: Achilleas were named after Achilles in Greek mythology, who was said to have used the herb to stem bleeding in his soldiers in the Trojan War.
  • Pot size: 9cm