Botanical Name: Achillea tomentosa
Common Name: Woolly Yarrow  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Gold, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green, Grey 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

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Woolly yarrow is a wonderful groundcover for hot, dry, sunny spaces. It forms a tight mat of fuzzy olive-green leaves, topped by clusters of bright canary-yellow flowers in early summer. It is a fine performer in rock gardens and at the front of herbaceous perennial borders. Evergreen. Tolerates light foot traffic, so plant it between pavers or at the edges of paths and walks. Grows 6 to 8 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide.
Best in full sun and well-drained soil. Clumps are easily divided in early spring or fall. Trim off faded flower heads to tidy up the plants. Divide in the spring every few years as the centers can sometimes melt out. Tolerates clay soils. Attracts butterflies; is resistant to rabbits and deer. Drought tolerant.