Legend has it that Achilles used this plant to heal his soldiers’ wounds after battle. As a folk remedy, its leaves are prescribed to soothe abrasions and toothache. We find this sturdy, dependable plant the perfect remedy for many design situations. The broad, flat flower heads project horizontal elements, their colors blending with other perennials. Spicy smelling, fern-like foliage and strong straight stems add to overall attractiveness. Spreading and drought tolerant, Yarrow seems to thrive on neglect, can handle ocean spray and will bloom again in the fall if cut back in midsummer.
Applauded as the best of the red Achilleas, this Yarrow’s signature is its splendid horizontal mass of velvet-rich, dark rosy-red flowers. Tall resilient stalks clad in fine textured gray-green foliage bolster full flashy heads that last all summer and refuse to fade. Dutch-bred ‘Red Velvet’ can harmonize with Sanguisorba ‘Red Thunder’ and Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ for sumptuous color echoes.
Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Achillea ‘Alabaster’
- Achillea x ‘Coronation Gold’
- Achillea filipendulina ‘Parker’s Variety’
- Achillea ‘Fireland’
- Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’
- Achillea ‘Hoffnung’
- Achillea ‘Inca Gold’
- Achillea x kellereri
- Achillea ‘Marmalade’
- Achillea millefolium ‘Pretty Belinda’
- Achillea ‘Mondpagode’
- Achillea ‘Paprika’
- Achillea ‘Sawa Sawa’
- Achillea x schwellenberg
- Achillea ‘Taygetea (cream form)’
- Achillea tomentosa ‘Aurea’
- Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’
- Achillea ‘Weser River Sandstone’