Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, including dry soil
- Rate of Growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The flattened heads of bright cerise flowers are held high on tall stems, hovering above, and contarsting beautifully with, the ferny grey-green foliage. A long-flowering perennial, which like other achilleas, becomes drought tolerant once established, it works well in a sunny spot and makes a great partner for ornamental grasses. It also makes a lovely cut flower.
- Garden care: Achilleas do not like wet soil. Stake using bamboo canes or brushwood before the flowers appear. Cut down to the ground in late winter, but resist the urge to do this earlier, as the seed heads look lovely in the winter light. Pull out seedlings as they appear, as they rarely match the host plant. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring
Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’ (Rose Yarrow) – This perennial yarrow has flat heads of rose pink flowers that are held over fern-like green leaves to 1 to 2 feet high. Flowers appear in spring and summer. Plant in full sun to light shade and give moderate watering for best appearance but can survive with very little irrigation. Hardy to Iliad was a student of the centaur Chiron, known for his great knowledge of medicine. Achilles’ soldiers in the battle against Troy used yarrow to treat wounds garnering the plant herbal fame and giving it common names such as allheal and bloodwort. Legend had it that the plant sprung from Achilles spear.The specific ephitet millefolium means “thousand-leaf” in reference to its fern-like foliage. The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Achillea ‘Cerise Queen’.
Yarrow Seed – Cerise Queen Achillea Flower Seeds
USDA Zones: 4 – 9
Height: 24 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Deep pink
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 – 7.2
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 14 – 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: 8 – 10 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 24 inches
Care & Maintenance: Yarrow
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium Cerise Queen) – Achillea Cerise Queen is a carefree and generously blooming perennial for summer and early fall. Readily establishes from Yarrow seeds, Cerise Queen Yarrow features flower heads that are bright magenta-pink and finely dissected green, aromatic foliage. Butterflies and bees love Yarrow flowers, and you will too in your summer border! Yarrow is lovely and a medicinal herb as well. The herb seeds have been grown in herb gardens for centuries for the treatment of wounds.
Yarrow is a clump forming plant that gradually spreads by underground runners. It’s best to divide Yarrow plants every 2 – 3 years. Yarrow is a tolerant perennial, withstanding heat and humidity and even though it can tolerate some drought, it will look and perform better with a little water. Yarrow plant care includes deadheading the faded blooms to encourage continuous blooming.
Sow Yarrow seeds indoors 6 – 8 weeks before frost season ends. Use starter trays or small pots. Press Yarrow flower seeds into the soil but do not cover. Light aids germination. Keep the flower seeds moist until germination. Or, after frost danger has passed, directly sow Achillea seeds outdoors in prepared soil. Thin the Yarrow seedlings to 24 inches apart.