- (a sample entry)
full sun but will tolerate light shade
Soil: well-drained to dry, average to poor fertility
Zones ofHardiness: 3 to 9
Size: 3.5 - 4 feet tall; 2-3 feet wide
Habit: plants erect and multistemmed
Bloom Period: late June into July or August
Flowers: dense, hat, yellow heads 4-6 inches across
Foliage (D): gray-green, slightly hairy, fernlike leaves; crushed
foliage has a pungent odor
A.Filipendulina is low-maintenance, tough, drought resistant,
and especially useful for dry, inhospitable landscapes and gardens. To
prevent overcrowding and maintain vigorous growth (or to propagate), divide
A. filipendulina every third or fourth year. Where space isn't a problem
and the soil isn't particularly fertile, it can be left longer without
Excellent feature plant for the summer border--as specimens
toward the middle or rear of the border. Create a bold com- bination by
planting A. filipendulina with Echinacea purpurea and Echinops ritro,
or combineA. Filipendulina with E. ritro and Malva alcea 'Fastigiata'
to anchor a border for mid- and late summer bloom.
Achillea Flipendulina 'Gold Plate', with bright yellow flow-
ers almost 6 inches across, grows up to 4 or 5 feet tall and is one of
the most popular hybrids.
The hybrid A.'Coronation Gold', with mustard yellow flowers,
grows from 21/2 to 3 feet tall, is less likely to require staking, and
will bloom well into summer if faded flowers are removed to prevent the
formation of seeds.