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ACHILLEA tomentosa 'Golden Fleece'

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Syngenta

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ACHILLEA tomentosa 'Golden Fleece'

Plant Common Name

Golden Fleece Wooly Yarrow, Wooly Yarrow

General Description

This yarrow cultivar is a mat-forming, hardy, herbaceous perennial with distinctive toothy, hairy leaves that look as if a spider had covered them with silk. The tousled mat of leaves is very low and the flower stems rise only a little higher. The flower custers are tightly made of many gold-yellow flowers with blunt petals and a promiment gold center. Flowering is profuse from early summer to early fall. The parent is wooly yarrow, a species native to southern Europe and western Asia.

Wooly yarrow has several uses:it can make a thick, flowering groundcover, it can provide summer color in a mixed bed, especially planted in a swath of three or four plants, or it can provide contrasting leaf color and texture among mostly green neighbors. It prefers full sun, well-drained soil, and good moisture, but will grow on clay soil. Deadheading encourages more flowering. Grown from seeds, it will flower the first year, making it a good bedding plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • 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

    2"-10" / 5.1cm - 25.4cm (4)

  • Width

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm (14)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    North America, Europe, Russia/Siberia, Asia, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Rose, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No