Description & Overview

New Vintage Violet Yarrow is a compact perennial that boasts a mound of sweetly scented gray-green foliage with gorgeous flowers. Starting in early summer, flat-topped stalks of magenta-purple flowers with white centers bloom in profusion, holding their color throughout summer. This beauty is a re-bloomer!

Core Characteristics

Category: Perennial

Wisconsin Native: No - Variety of North American Native

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

Mature Height: 12-14 inches

Mature Spread: 10-12 inches

Growth Rate: Fast

Growth Form: Clump-forming, erect

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well-drained, average; can tolerate clay soil

Flower: Magenta-purple

Bloom Period: Jun–August

Foliage: Gray-green, fern-like

Fall Color: None

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Small, inconspicuous seeds

Suggested Uses

New Vintage Violet is tolerant of many conditions, including poor soil, salt, and drought. Plant it in those full-sun areas where little else seems to grow. Its compact size makes it a great addition along a border or walkway as it won’t spill over the path. While it can handle clay soil and part sun, it tends to become floppy.

Do you have an informal, cottage-like landscape? Fragrant foliage and flowers make this a nice option for a planter box, container, or flower garden. As a bonus, they make great cut flowers-add to a vase for a fresh pop of color!

New Vintage Violet may also be used to help keep deer away from your garden. Use it around plants that deer consider tasty and see if you can get a little more mileage out of those you expect to lose year after year.

Wildlife Value

Yarrow in general attracts a host of pollinators. While there is no evidence to definitively say what types of insects visit New Vintage Violet, we can assume that some of those that frequent the straight species will also seek out the cultivated variety for nectar.

Yarrow is typically pollinated by bees, wasps, ants, flies, lady bugs, and beetles. Butterflies and moths will occasionally visit the flowers. Fly visitors include Soldier flies, Thick-headed flies, Syrphid flies, bee flies, Tachinid flies, flesh flies, Muscid flies, blow flies, and Anthomyiid flies.

Katydids, such as the Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus strictus), Portean Shieldback (Atlanticus testaceus), as well as tree crickets like the Four-spotted Tree Cricket (Oecanthus quadripunctatus), and grasshoppers will feed upon the foliage. Grasshopper visitors can include the Northern Grasshopper (Melanoplus borealis borealis), Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus confusus), Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum), and Two-striped Grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus).

Butterflies and moths you may see are the Stalk borer Moth (Papaipema nebris), Darker-spotted Straw Moth (Heliothis phloxiphaga), Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata), Blackberry Looper Moth (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria), Wormwood Pug (Eupithecia absinthiata), Common Eupithecia Moth (Eupithecia miserulata), and Voluble Dart (Agrotis volubilis).

Plant some New Vintage Violet Yarrow and watch what comes to your yard!

Maintenance Tips

With an already long blooming period, by deadheading spent blooms you can encourage even MORE blooms! Do this by cutting the flowers back by 2/3 down the flower stalk. Plants may also benefit from a hard prune back after the first flush to keep a tidier appearance.

This plant is drought tolerant once established, but until then, make sure to keep your plants appropriately watered given the temperature and soil condition.

Staking may be required in part shade conditions.


Black Walnut Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Rabbit Resistant: Yes

Make sure your soils are well-draining as this plant is susceptible to rot when overwatered.

Leaf Lore

The genus Achillea was named after the mythological Greek hero Achilles. It was said he used the plant to stop bleeding and to heal the wounds of his soldiers. The specific epithet millefolium means “thousand-leaved” regarding the plant’s highly dissected foliage.

Indigenous peoples have used Achillea millefolium extensively. Infusions of leaves were used to treat hemorrhages, internal bleeding, nausea, fevers, respiratory illnesses, rashes, sprains, sore eyes, bruises, nosebleeds, earaches, bladder problems, toothaches, snakebites, bowel problems, burns, sunstroke, and epilepsy. Yarrow leaves were also used as a sleep aid, to extract splinters, as a fish preservative, and as a disinfectant.

The Chinese consider Yarrow to be good luck!

Companion Plants

Need more ideas of what else New Vintage Violet Yarrow might look good with? Combine with:

  • Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Zagreb Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’)
  • Burning Hearts False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Burning Hearts’)
  • Blue Marvel Salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Marvel’ PP27,018)
  • Rozanne Geranium (Geranium ‘Gerwat’ PP12,175)
  • Stella d’Oro Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’)
  • Daisy May Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Daisy Duke’ PP21,914)
  • American Gold Rush Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia x ‘American Gold Rush’ PP28,498)
  • Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • Dark Towers Penstemon (Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ PP20,013)
New Vintage Violet Yarrow is a compact perennial that boasts a mound of sweetly scented gray-green foliage with gorgeous flowers. Starting in early su…
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Written by Beth DeLain