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The yarrow occurs in many regions of Europe as a wild plant on roadsides and in fodder meadows. The plant genus of yarrow (Achillea) belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae) and is not only attractive for cultivation in the garden because of its use as a medicinal plant.

Not all types of yarrow are white!

The white species of yarrow

The species of yarrow with a characteristic white flower color include, for example, the common yarrow or common yarrow (Achillea millefolium). This can be found in natural landscapes in many different countries around the world, only in the Mediterranean region is it less common. Sometimes the color of the white yarrow turns slightly pink. In addition, there are also white yarrow species such as the Hungarian meadow yarrow or cultivars such as the Achillea Filipendulina hybrid "Heinrich Vogeler".

Colorful alternatives for the garden bed

While the cultivation of white yarrow is also very popular in gardens that are close to nature, many hobby gardeners rely on colorful species with particularly large flower plates to create color contrasts. This includes, for example, the yellow yarrow, whose natural distribution area extends over the following countries:

  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Spain

The intensively red colored paprika yarrow, on the other hand, is primarily distributed in Central Europe. In the garden trade, you can mainly find natural and cultivated varieties in white, yellow and red or different shades of color these days. Since the location and care needs of the subspecies can differ slightly, the information in the respective plant profile should be observed.

Combine different colors to create attractive dried bouquets

A special feature of yarrows, in addition to their potential use in cooking, is the fact that the flowers largely retain their magnificent color when dried. Colorful yarrows can be combined not only fresh, but also in the form of dried bouquets to create attractive bouquets. To do this, the blooming inflorescences must be cut in good time and hung upside down to dry as quickly as possible so that no mold or rot processes can set in.


Yarrows tend to age after about three to four years in the same location. You should therefore carefully cut out older specimens in the garden on a regular basis and propagate them by dividing them. This is how you keep the stocks "young" and thriving.

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