All about growing yarrow seeds
- 6 yarrow seed varieties
- Perennial pollinator attractors
- Small, unique clusters of flowers atop sturdy stems
- Fragrant flower with stunning mid-season summer blooms
the history and benefits of yarrow
Yarrow goes by many names. Its proper genus name, Achillea, is a tribute to the mythological Greek hero Achilles, who was said to have discovered the use of the plant to treat wounds his men took in battle. Carpenter's weed, thousand-seal, allheal, and bloodwort all speak to similar attributes attested to by other groups. Yarrow has blood coagulating, pain relieving, and antiseptic qualities.
It's also a favorite plant of pollinators, and attracts not only bees, but ladybugs, beneficial wasps, and insect predators of aphids and other pests. Tomatoes benefit from this, and lavender may grow more vigorously when planted close by. Cauliflower, cabbage, and other Brassicas also gain when yarrow is near. This simple wildflower is quite the garden workhorse.
growing your own yarrow seeds
Yarrow seeds are tiny, and can be slow to germinate, so yarrow is a good candidate for starting indoors. Sow into flats or pots six to eight weeks before the last frost, and barely cover with soil. Germination generally takes two to three weeks. Transplant into the garden when all chance of frost has passed.
Once established, this herbaceous perennial is easy. It will grow in poor soil just as readily as anywhere, and prefers hot, dry weather. Water occasionally if rain is scarce, but otherwise yarrow will largely take care of itself. Its drought resistance and deep roots make it an excellent erosion control plant, and it will slowly but surely improve the soil in its near vicinity.
yarrow's endless beauty
Introduce red or gold yarrow for brilliant color in the garden, or plant Eden Brothers' Colorado Yarrow Seed Mix for softer tones that will blend perfectly with a cottage garden. Enjoy yarrow for its classic wildflower beauty. When the season has passed, it makes a beneficial addition to compost, the yarrow can be mowed over to release the nutrients it's collected, or the leaves can be left where they fall to decay over the winter and further amend the soil. Or, if you're not ready to give it up quite yet, yarrow makes beautiful and fragrant dried flower arrangements. Regardless, self-seeding yarrow will return in the spring to continue its work.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for yarrow seed, see our Yarrow Seeds Planting Guide.