Achillea L.


From Achilles, the mythological Greek hero who by some accounts used this herb to staunch the wounds of Telephus.

Perennial herbs. Stems erect or ascending. Leaves basal and/or along stems, alternate, entire to once or twice divided. Capitula usually radiate, small, often many together in dense terminal corymbs, sometimes few or solitary, with stalks. Involucral bracts in a few rows, inner longer than outer. Receptacle with scales, flat to conical. Ray florets female, ligulate. Disk florets bisexual, tubular. Achenes compressed, with 2 ribs. Pappus absent.

Several species have become minor weeds in Australia.

Small capitula, usually in dense terminal corymbs.

117 species from Europe, Asia and N America.

Source: Jeanes, J. (2002). Asteraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Cultivars of uncertain or mixed parentage

Achillea 'Appleblossom'

A. millefolium × A. 'Taygetea'

Growing to about 50 cm tall, with deep rose flowers. ['Apfelblüte']

Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

A. clypeolata × A. filipendulina

To 1 m tall with dark yellow flower heads.

A hybrid that was raised in 1952 by Miss R.B. Pole, UK, as a self-sown seedling.

Achillea 'Fanal'

A. millefolium × A. 'Taygetea'

Flowers double and white. ['The Beacon']

Achillea 'Forncett Beauty'

Flowers dark lavender. ['Fawcett Beauty']

Achillea 'Great Expectations'

A. millefolium × A. 'Taygetea'

To about 70 cm tall, the flowers yellow. ['Hoffnung']

Achillea 'Moonshine'

A. clypeolata ×A. 'Taygetea'

Leaves silvery grey-hairy and the flowers bright yellow. A hybrid raised by Alan Bloom, UK.

Achillea 'Taygetea'

Leaves feathery grey; florets lemon yellow.

A. taygetea Boiss. & Heldr. is different from this cultivar and is referable to A. aegyptiaca L.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Achillea filipendulina Lam.
species         Achillea millefolium L.
species         Achillea ptarmica L.