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Achillea millefolium Paprika * Yarrow

Achillea Paprika has finely dissected green leaves.The fragrant foliage grows 8-12" tall. The clear fire engine red blooms are most prevalent in the Spring and into the early Summer. The red flowers gradually fade to cream and then paper bag brown. Removing spent flower stalks extends the flowering season. The clump gradually spreads by underground runners and is easily divided in the Fall. I have yet to see damage due to cold. Achillea Paprika does look a bit bedraggled while enduring Winter. A good shearing as things warm up in Spring has the Paprika Yarrow looking great. Achillea Paprika can withstand a summer of drought in our inland valleys in all but the hottest and driest parts of the garden. Achillea millefolium varieties can be planted in a shady garden as a lawn substitute. They will occaisionally flower and require infrequent mowing. Achillea Paprika is a nectar source for the Checkerspot Butterfly and the Painted Lady Butterfly and is a great addition to the butterfly garden.

Achillea millefolium Paprika, Yarrow

Red flowers and foliage of the yarrow Achillea millefolium Paprika.