Botanical Name: Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Common Name: Cloth of Gold Yarrow  
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Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Filler, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: JJ Neilson Arboretum
  • Description

  • Notes

'Cloth of Gold' is a yarrow cultivar with a stiff, erect habit, growing about 3 to 4 feet tall and about half as wide. It has elegant, deeply-cut, fern-like, deep green leaves. Foliage has a spicy odor when crushed. Flowers are yellow, plate-like, dense, clusters. Good as a cut or dried flower. Long summer bloom period may be extended by prompt removal of faded flower heads. An impressive perennial for a sunny border.
Many different cultivars of Yarrow are available, with different flower colors, including yellows, reds, peaches, and pinks. Yarrow makes a good ground cover when mowed, and tolerates a fair amount of foot traffic. Divide in the spring every few years as the centers can sometimes melt out. Grow in full sun to part shade in well drained soils. Tolerates clay soils. Yarrows are best not planted next to slower-growing and smaller perennials, as they may overtake and overwhelm them.