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ACHILLEA (GALAXY SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ACHILLEA( GALAXY SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Yarrow

General Description

Bred in Germany, Galaxy Series hybrids were created by crossing common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) with the cultivar ‘Taygetea’, a yellow-flowered cross between common yarrow and the European species Achillea clypeolata. These outstanding perennials form healthy clumps of ferny, green to gray-green foliage which remains more compact and spreads less aggressively than typical of common yarrow. Dense, flattened flower clusters are displayed on strong stems from early to midsummer, and encompass a broad range of jewel-toned shades including vivid orange-red, warm apricot and brilliant carmine pink.

These tough, easy-care perennials perform best in full sun and moist, reasonably fertile, well-drained soil, but are tolerant of dry conditions and light shade. Blooming may be prolonged by regular removal of faded flower stems. If necessary, divide plants every two to three years in spring or fall. Galaxy Hybrids are ideal for mixed borders and casual cottage-style gardens. Their bright blooms are irresistible to butterflies, and also make excellent cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Orange, Light Yellow, Pink, Hot Pink, Rose, Salmon, Coral, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No