Description: A taller growing hybrid variety with superb rich pinky red flat heads of small flowers which fade to brick red and can be seen throughout summer. The distinctive flowers are held on stems above the fine ferny foliage which has a spicy aroma.
Uses: Good in the middle of a sunny border especially when used with hot colours or among grasses. Ideal for creating a cottage garden effect or for naturalistic planting and is attractive to insects but not liked by deer. It also makes an excellent cut flower and the flower heads can be dried for use in floral arrangements.
Climate/Position: Full sun preferred for best results
Height/Spread: 1 metre x 75cm
Soil Requirements: Adaptable to most soils but prefers moist, well-drained but not wet soil. Achillea are drought tolerant.
Pruning: The flower heads can be cut back directly after flowering and this will encourage a second flush. However, you many people prefer to leave the attractive flower heads through the autumn and winter and cut down to the ground in late winter
Special Requirements: Taller varieties benefit from some support of either natural twigs or purpose made herbaceous supports. Lift and divide old clumps in autumn or spring if required to encourage rejuvenation.
Additional Interest: This is a millefolium hybrid which was previously know also as A. 'The Beacon'. Achillea was named by the Swedish botanist Linnaeus, in honour of the Greek hero Achilles.