• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'

yarrow 'Red Velvet'

  • Other common names yarrow 'Red Velvet'

  • Genus Achillea can be mat-forming or upright perennials, mostly herbaceous, with sometimes aromatic, pinnately divided or simple and toothed leaves and flattened clusters of small, daisy-like flower-heads

  • Family Asteraceae / Asteraceae

  • Details 'Red Velvet' is a vigorous mat-forming perennial to 60cm tall, with finely divided leaves and leafy stems bearing flat heads 10cm across, composed of many small rose-red flowers opening throughout the summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Mat forming

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation An open sunny position in a moist but well-drained soil is best, but it will tolerate most situations apart from heavy, wet clay in winter

Propagation Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Banks and Slopes Ground Cover City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back untidy foliage in spring

Pests Can get aphids

Diseases May suffer from powdery mildews

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