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Life After Lawn: Yarrow with a difference

Moonshine yarrow offers bright yellow flowers throughout spring and summer.
Moonshine yarrow offers bright yellow flowers throughout spring and summer.

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.

Moonshine yarrow

Achillea “Moonshine”

Size: 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide

Bloom season: Bright yellow flat-topped clusters throughout spring and summer.

Exposure: Prefers full sun but tolerates a little shade.

Pruning needs: Cut old stems to the ground in winter and remove withered foliage.

Water needs: Medium to low water; once established, irrigate once a week or twice a month.

Snapshot: Your garden will get a kick out of this outstanding perennial. A hybrid of Greek yarrow and common yarrow, Moonshine is smaller than most yarrows and, as a sterile variety, it doesn’t reseed and become invasive. The compact plants boast feathery gray-green leaves topped by bright yellow flowers in spring and summer. These blooms attract bees and beneficial insects. As they fade, these flowers can be deadheaded to extend this yarrow’s blooming period into late summer. The blooms also can be used as long-lasting cut flowers and in dried arrangements.

For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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