Goldsheaf, Achillea filipendulina - Care of Yellow Yarrow

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As a meadow flower, gold sheaf feels very well in the cottage garden

It illuminates the garden like a golden glow. The rich, golden yellow flowers attract insects with their scent and nectar like a magnet. The gold sheaf charms people with their flat, golden yellow flowers. The gray-green and feathery foliage emphasizes this impression in a picturesque way. As a meadow flower the yarrow has been known for a long time. Today it has become a wild shrub plant in natural gardens to an indispensable perennial. It is robust, easy to care for and thrives on barren soils in flowerbeds, rockeries and planters.
The 'Achillea filipendulina' is hardy and persistent. The stems of this herbaceous perennial are tough and reach stature heights of 15 to 20 cm. Their flower consists of many small flowers (Scheindolde). It is a food source for bees, bumblebees and butterflies that can not resist the aromatic scent.
'Achillea filipendulina', the gold sheaf, is the big sister of the common yarrow. It can be more than 120 cm high. That is why it is also known as the Hohe Garbe. It flowers powerfully on its tall stems from June to September. Just like the yarrow, the gold sheaf is used as a medicinal plant because of its active ingredients. Professionals such as doctors and pharmacists, know their multiple uses.
The gold sheaf makes no special demands on its location. However, it thrives particularly well in locations ranging from the sun to the full sun. She can withstand heat very well. And when the soil is well drained, dry to fresh, 'Achillea filipendulina' feels right at home. This undemanding and easy-care wild shrub thrives in the garden and in sufficiently large planters. On sunny balconies as well as on terraces. Drought tolerates it better than too much wetness.

For perennial borders a hot tip: yellow yarrow

In lush perennial borders the golden sheaf unfolds the garden picture together with roses, lavender, stonecrop and catnip its effect. Equally effective, it fits with its golden flowers on tall stems to meadow flowers such as garden poppy, marguerite or lupine. It is excellently suited as a cut flower and is suitable as a dried flower. In order to give a beautiful picture in the bed, three to five plants per square meter are enough. Professional gardeners and hobby gardeners love this sturdy perennial. The common yarrow 'Achillea millefolium' is found mainly in pure natural gardens. However, the gold sheaf 'Achillea filipendulina' is an expressive partner for wild and magnificent perennials, not only in natural gardens.
As is known, the gold sheaf likes it sunny and warm. The rock garden or the Trockenbeet are good locations. Their home are dry regions with barren soil. Ideal is a slightly damp ground from spring to autumn. If the gold sheaf is well rooted, it will handle well with short periods of drought. Wet or swampy soil is not suitable for the gold sheaf. The plant is doomed to die.
The gold sheaf is undemanding and does not require much care. Immediately after the first flower stalks and flowers may be cut back. After pruning, the perennial plant sprouts a second flowerbed. In autumn to late autumn, a pruning of the perennial is up to 20 cm above the ground. In the spring, the gold sheaf then lushes again. If the perennials are too large, a division of the clumps will help in autumn or spring. To the propagation takes care of the gold shawl all alone. She simply sows herself. And so she creates wonderfully overgrown refuges.
Although fertilizer does not necessarily need 'Achillea filipendulina'. A small composting in the spring does the gold shawl still good. It keeps the perennial healthy and vital. Water only needs the shrubs on very dry days. Casting is in the evening or in the morning. In the midday sun, watering should be avoided. Flowers and leaves do not tolerate contact with the irrigation water. The contact with the irrigation water damages flowers and leaves. The stems of the 'Achillea filipendulina' reach the stately height of more than 120 cm at the optimal location. They grow upright and horstartig. Their stems lignify from below. Nevertheless, the gold sheaf needs a hold in strong winds so as not to break. Tip: Support the plant as soon as the flowers are formed!
The leaves of the gold sheaf are deciduous, lush, lanceolate and have a gray-green, almost silvery color. They emit an aromatic fragrance when touched. Especially the foliage gives the perennial a great effect outside the flowering period.

Gold sheaf is reminiscent of the yarrow because of its flower shape


The gold sheaf 'Achillea filipendulina' lives up to its name with yellow to golden yellow umbels. Its flowering period extends from June to September.
The fruit of the gold sheaf consists of inconspicuous umbels, which cling to the perennial for a long time.
  • Origin of the perennial is in the Orient
  • Suitable perennial for the farm and nature garden
  • popular bee and insect pasture
  • Cut the umbels after flowering to allow second flowering
  • Central flower in favor of many side shoots off
  • good cut and dried flower
Popular varieties
  • 'Coronation Gold' - hybrid with golden yellow flowers until November
  • 'Land of Fire' - bright red umbrella blossoms
  • 'Parker' - ('Parkerss Variety'), golden yellow flowers, stable, very tall
  • 'Sulfur Blossom' - Sulfur yellow flowers, medium height
Frequently asked questions
  • Does the gold sheaf thrive on a loamy soil? - On pervious, sandy and loamy soils, this undemanding shrub feels good. If the clay soil is impermeable to water, gravel must be added to make it permeable.
  • As a wild shrub, the gold sheaf is easy to clean and frugal

    I do not have the time for everlasting care and control, does the gold rush thrive anyway?
    - The gold sheaf is one of the truly undemanding and easy-care wild shrubs. It does not value perpetual care. However, she tends to spread about seeds and roots. It then fouled. However, this is no blemish at the right location, but can produce a particularly beautiful picture.
  • On my farm is a very rocky and very dry corner. Can I plant the gold sheaf there? - Especially the gold sheaf gets along well with a stony, dry surface. The soil needs some compost (little), so it is not just stony. And until the roots are finally rooted, they need a slightly moist soil.
Worth knowing about the gold sheaf shortly
  • Type / Family: Farmer's garden, belongs to the Compositae (Asteraceae)
  • Care effort: low, easy to clean and robust
  • Flowering time: depending on the variety June to November with 10 to 25 large umbrella or plate-like inflorescences (Scheindolden), consisting of numerous small flowers in yellow or red
  • Foliage: delicate, depending on the variety green-greyish, feathery, fern-like leaves with an aromatic camphor-like fragrance
  • Growth: Bushy upright growth with large leaf stems from which the erect flower stalks protrude
  • Height / width: 60 to 120 cm high and about 90 cm wide
  • Environment: sunny, warm, nutrient-rich, well-drained, rather dry, loamy soil.
  • Fertilizer: Good with less nutrients, in the spring compost or long-term fertilizer
  • Planting time: sowing in the autumn in the house or in spring directly into the field
  • Cut: in spring (February) near the ground, the strong central flower is switched off promoting lateral growth; Pruning after flowering promotes autumn flowering
  • Partners: Blue-throated owls such as globe thistle, larkspur, sage
  • Propagation: by division in autumn or spring
  • Wintering: hardy but protected from strong winter wet
  • comes from the Orient
  • typical plant for the farmers garden
  • popular bee pasture
  • good cut and dried flower
  • may cause allergies if touched

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