Ellen Zagory / UC Davis Arboretum

Golden Yarrow

Durable Delights: Golden Yarrow

Published: Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Golden yarrow

Achillea "Coronation Gold"

Size: Under 2 feet tall

Bloom season: Summer, fall

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none; prune after flowering to keep tidy.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.

Snapshot: A longtime favorite of gardeners in hot summer climates, this low-water perennial has feathery, silver-gray foliage that produces tall golden flat-topped flowers in early summer. It is a great plant for flower arrangements and native-pollinator conservation. Easy-care and sun-loving, this yarrow becomes a magnet for beneficial insects. At home in a container or garden border, this clumping variety holds its bright-yellow color for weeks before turning a burnished fall gold – which makes an excellent dried flower. You can see specimens in the arboretum's teaching nursery on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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