Achillea filipendulina Lam.

Fernleaf Yarrow

Herb to 150 cm tall, with appressed hairs. Stems unbranched, erect. Leaves basal and along stems; basal leaves divided; stem leaves divided, but less so. Capitula many in corymbs at apex of stems; summer. Ray florets with ligules about 1mm long, yellow. [A. eupatorium M. Bieb.]

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Other yellow-flowered species include:

A. ageratum L., Sweet Yarrow, from the W Mediterranean, which has toothed stem leaves - 'Salmon Beauty' has flowers salmon, paling to creamy yellow;

A. clypeolata Sibth. & Sm. from the Balkan Peninsula to Romania, which has gland-dotted leaves and short ligules;

A. coarctata Poir. from the Balkan Peninsula to Ukraine,which has much-divided leaves and long ligules;

A. tomentosa L.,Woolly Yarrow, from SW Europe, which is a woolly herb with stem leaves with leaflets in more than 1 plane, and short ligules - 'Aurea', a cultivar of this species, is a compact, mat-forming dwarf plant with woolly leaves and dark yellow flowers.

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.

Distribution map

Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth Of Gold'

Flowers gold in flat heads.

Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'

Flowers yellow in flat heads.

Achillea filipendulina 'Parker's Variety'

Flowers yellow.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae
genus        Achillea L.