Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium
Common Name: Common Yarrow, Mifoil  
Plant photo of: Achillea millefolium
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Allergenic, Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Filler, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Common Yarrow is a hardy perennial with hairy, evergreen green foliage. It has a tight cluster of white flowers and typically blooms in the summer months. It attracts bees and butterflies. It prefers full to part sun and becomes drought tolerant once it's established. Following bloom, one should dead head the plant and divide the clumps when it appears crowded to keep it looking tidy.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas