5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Achillea 'Moonshine' Overview
Achillea 'Moonshine' is a sun-loving perennial with fern-like, semi-evergreen, silver-green foliage and in spring, it produces masses of daisy-like, light yellow flowers with slightly darker central discs. This spreading, hardy cultivar is a mid-height Achilleas making it an ideal choice to be grown for cut flowers as well as part of a mixed flower display . A useful and attractive addition to your garden, bees and butterflies also love it! Also known as Yarrow 'Moonshine', it prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soils, although it will tolerate partial shade. Heavy or waterlogged soils can result in powdery mildew and rust. Requires dividing every 2-3 years. Does not require annual pruning or feeding.
Common problems with Achillea 'Moonshine'
The most common problem is a fungal disease, which can be prevented by not overwatering and allowing good air circulation. Stems are floppy and prone to rotting when they fall over.
How to propagate Achillea 'Moonshine'
Make basal cuttings of new shoots that are about 10cm tall in Spring. Plant in pots and protect in warm position until they root, usually within 3 weeks. Plant out in the summer.
Most popular method and will prolong the plant's life if done every other year. Divides easily and can be done in Spring or Autumn. Plant the divisions 30cm apart directly in their new positions.
Sow your seeds in spring or autumn.
Special features of Achillea 'Moonshine'
Attracts useful insects
This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Light feeder. Improves soil fertility and the essential oil content of nearby plants, thereby making their neighbours more resistant to insect pests.
Repels harmful insects
Other uses of Achillea 'Moonshine'
Borders and rock gardens. Flower heads may be dried for winter decoration. Suitable for coastal conditions. Used in traditional medicine to staunch bleeding and to raise temperature to increase sweating. Yarrow's use as a medicine may stretch back to 60,000 BC, based on the evidence of plants found in a Neanderthal burial site.
Oil contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.
All parts are edible. Young leaves can be eaten raw and are also used for tea and as a preservative. Essential oil from the flowers used as flavouring in cold drinks.