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The Achillea

Achillea, scientifically known as Achillea millefolium, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Its common name, yarrow, is derived from the Greek hero Achilles, who is said to have used the plant to heal the wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan War. With a rich history spanning centuries, Achillea has been revered for its medicinal properties and ornamental value.

In terms of cultivation, Achillea thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sun exposure. This resilient plant is adaptable to various soil types, ranging from sandy to loamy, and can tolerate drought conditions once established. When planting Achillea, it's essential to space them appropriately, allowing ample room for growth and airflow between plants.
Scientific Name - Achillea millefolium

Here are some best planting and gardening practices for Achillea:

  • Plant in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Ensure the soil is well-draining by amending it with compost or organic matter before planting.
  • Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the plant at the same depth as it was in the container.
  • Space plants 12 to 24 inches apart to allow for adequate air circulation and prevent overcrowding.
  • Water newly planted Achillea regularly until they establish a strong root system. Once established, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Apply a layer of mulch around plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
  • Feed plants with a balanced fertilizer in early spring, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding. Cut back stems to the basal foliage in late fall or early spring to rejuvenate the plant.

By following these planting and gardening practices, gardeners can enjoy the beauty and resilience of Achillea while promoting its optimal growth and performance in the landscape.
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