Shades of sunny pastel blooms make excellent cut flowers and reliable perennial garden plants with decorative, fern-like foliage. As cut flowers, the 2–4", flat-topped flower heads on 24" stems add bulk, durability, and beauty to bouquets. Long vase life. When dried, the color is retained. Summer Pastels F2 population. Flowers first year from seed. Low maintenance. Tolerates drought, once established. Perennial in Zones 2–9. AAS winner.
• Attracts and supports beneficial insects such as damsel bugs, lacewings, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 65-72°F (18-22°C). SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 8-10 weeks before last frost. Do not cover seed as light is required for germination. Bottom water or mist lightly to avoid covering the seed with displaced soil. Transplant to cell packs or 2-4" containers when the first true leaves appear, approximately 3 weeks after sowing. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed: Sow seed in late spring, after late frost, early summer, or fall. Thin to stand 12-24" apart. Support may be necessary. GROWING ON: Grow seedlings for 3-5 weeks at 70-72°F (21-22°C) in full light. LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Any well-drained soil. PLANT SPACING: 12-24". HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 2-9. HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when pollen is visible on the flowers. Cut in the coolest part of the day. USES: Excellent cut or dried flower. Permanent beds and mass plantings. Note: Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigor. SCIENTIFIC NAME: Achillea millefolium
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
120 - 130 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
AAS (All-America Selections) Winners
All-America Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new, never-before-sold crop varieties, and then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.