Yarrow, Parker’s Gold (Organic)
Achillea filipendulina. Perennial in zones 3-10.
A striking ornamental. Gold flowers make excellent cut flowers and are even better dried as everlastings. The upright growth makes for easy cutting and the flowers last all summer. What we love most about Parker’s Gold is the captivating aromatic leaves that look like ferns but smell like the desert. It is one of our favorite smells from the plant world. Plants grow to 4′ tall and are easy to care for, needing little fertility or water once established. Prefers a location with full sun and good drainage. Impressively cold hardy down to about -40°F. Plants bloom in their second year, sometimes in their first if planted very early in the season. The species is known as fernleaf yarrow and is native to central Asia. Aka, Parker’s Variety.
Surface sow in spring, 3 weeks before last frost, or sow indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Germination in 10 – 20 days. Thin or transplant to 18” in all directions. Grows well in full sun and dry, rocky ground. Tall plants may require staking. Deadhead to prolong bloom.
Collect seeds from flower heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination is likely, isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.