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Achillea ageratum ‘Moonwalker’

Not every plant can be a super star.

Or the lead singer of the band. 
Can you imagine five Steven Tyler’s in Aerosmith? Or 5 Axl Rose’s in Guns N’ Roses? It would be complete and utter chaos; a hot friggin mess. 
Today, I wanted to share a plant with you that never wants the spotlight. A plant that does just fine in the background but is a consistent performer. A Tom Hamilton or Izzy Stradlin if you will. 
Today’s plant is Achillea (Yarrow) ‘Moonwalker’:        
Nothing overly exciting or dramatic but … nice. I have had this perennial for years now and each and every year it returns without issue and blooms throughout the summer and into early fall. I have had issues with other Yarrows where they open up in the middle or flop, but this cultivar has been nearly perfect.  
Some additional tidbits for you:
  • Average size is 2′ x 2′
  • Survives in zones 4-8
  • Prefers full sun 
  • Deer resistant (no issue ever for me)
  • Drought and heat tolerant
  • Has no real soil preference and has worked in clay for me
  • Flowers are a deep yellow and are anywhere from 3″ to 5″ in diameter 
  • Like most yarrows (if not all?) the foliage is fern-like and a deep green in color
  • The foliage is alleged to be fragrant but me and my deviated septum beg to differ


One quick note: Years ago, this was the first flower I cut and attempted to “dry” in my basement and I still remember the look on my wife’s face when she saw it hanging from the rafters. It screamed “Who is this guy I married?” Classic.

Here are some additional photos:
Just breaking into bloom in early June:
         
Behaving nicely in late June:
Holding its own in a mixed bed: 

And even holding up well into winter as the basal foliage remains green below the faded flowers:

One last item before I leave you.

For the first time ever, I have found a number of these popping up in different areas in the garden yet I’ve read that it doesn’t re-seed and isn’t true to the parent. Hmmmm … very interesting. Anyone else having any experience with this? Please share.

“Dream on” and have a great weekend!

John