Strawberry Seduction Yarrow produces large corycombs of tiny, velvet red florets with bright gold centers. This vigorous grower has an upright, vase-shaped habit with lovely, deep green foliage. It is drought tolerant once established and attracts butterflies!
Use Strawberry Seduction Yarrow in borders or masses. This plant is tidier than the species and is less aggressive in its spread. It’s a great candidate for hot, dry sites where regular watering is difficult or impossible.
Strawberry Seduction Yarrow blooms profusely in mid to late summer, attracting many butterflies and pollinators. The native Achillea millefolium is of special importance to native bees. While Strawberry Seduction Yarrow is not a local ecotype nativar, its flowers could still be of benefit to our local pollinator populations.
Strawberry Seduction Yarrow should be cut back halfway after the flowers fade. This will encourage a second set of blooms in fall. In late fall or early spring, cut back the entire plant to the ground to make room for new growth. Although the plant will require water when first planted, once established it is drought tolerant and sensitive to overwatering.
Powdery Mildew, Botrytis, and Stem Rot may occur when temperatures and humidity are high. To avoid disease, do not overwater Strawberry Seduction Yarrow.
Wind and storms may flatten the plantings if they are too tall.
Strawberry Seduction Yarrow was introduced by the Blooms of Bressingham® program in Norfolk, England. It is a cultivar of our native Achillea millefolium.
The flower and foliage of the plant emit a pleasant odor when crushed, making it a deer-resistant plant.
Historically, Achillea millefolium has been used to break fevers, as a coagulant to stop bleeding, and as a poultice. Native American tribes brewed a tea from the leaves that relieved stomach ailments.
The genus name Achillea is a reference to Achilles. In Greek mythology, the centaur Chiron gave Achilles the yarrow plant to treat the wounds of his soldiers. The specific epithet ‘millefolium’ means ‘thousand-leaved’, a reference to its finely cut foliage.