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This plant has a mild fragrance
Achillea 'Moondust' Overview
Achillea 'Moondust' is a low growing sun-loving perennial with fern-like, semi-evergreen, silver-green foliage and in spring, it produces masses of daisy-like, creamy yellow flowers. This spreading, mat-forming, hardy plant is ideal for growing in rock gardens, containers or at the front of garden borders. A useful and attractive addition to your garden, bees and butterflies also love it! Also known as Yarrow 'Moondust', 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 'Moondust'
Most common problem is 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.
Achillea 'Moondust' Companion Plants
How to propagate Achillea 'Moondust'
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 Autum. Plant the divisions 30cm apart directly in their new positions.
Sow your seeds in spring or autumn.
Special features of Achillea 'Moondust'
Attracts useful insects
Attracts parasitic wasps.
Repels harmful insects
Repels beetles, ants and flies.
Light feeder. Improves soil fertility and the essential oil content of nearby plants, thereby making their neighbours more resistant to insect pests.
Other uses of Achillea 'Moondust'
Yarrow was used to flavour beer in the Middle Ages before hops became fashionable. Use old stalks and cuttings to activate compost heaps.
Oil contains antibacterial, anti-infammatory 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.