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Achil­lea ‘moon­shine’

Achil­lea, or yarrow as it is com­monly known, is in full swing this week.

It’s named af­ter the mytho­log­i­cal char­ac­ter Achilles, whose sol­diers used yarrow to treat their wounds. I love the mag­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion of grey flower buds into sul­phur yel­low flow­ers. They shine like bea­cons even when the sun isn’t out.

The grey fo­liage lets you know this is a plant that en­joys a sunny dry po­si­tion.

‘Li­lac Beauty’ is a very dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety with, as you might guess, li­lac flower heads.

All Achil­lea are very pop­u­lar with bees and but­ter­flies.

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