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Achillea ‘Moonshine’


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusAchilleaYarrows; “Achillea” means “Achilles,” who used the herb in battle

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This variety of yarrow is a cultivar, a cross between Achillea clypeolata and A. ‘Taygetea’. It was created in the 1950s by a guy named Alan Bloom. The flowers are bright lemon yellow.

Identification: Plants are about 1½-2′ (45-60 cm) in height, somewhat shorter than wild yarrow. The gray-green, finely divided leaves resembling feathers are typical of yarrows. The flowerheads, up to 4″ (10 cm) across, dense, and long lasting, are most notable for their bright color. This variety does not spread on its own, so you will probably see it only in gardens.

Online References:

The Fine Gardening Plant Guide

The Missouri Botanical Garden


Achillea ‘Moonshine’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Achillea ‘Moonshine’ (yarrow)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine · ≈ 2 × 1½″ (5.9 × 3.9 cm)

Range: Zones 3-8:

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