The long and winding road to loving Achillea millefolium… as a canvas… for butterflies… learning begins… on a non-native foot… a bright yellow gift… Moonshine… on to the common yarrow to fill in a meadow… with butterflies… Black Butte… Lost Coast… Sonoma Coast… Rosa Maria… Deep Rose… and finally the Island Pink!
For an unknown reason, island plants often have pinkish flowers, even if their mainland relatives have white flowers. This makes them especially appealing to horticulturists. The common yarrow selection ‘Island Pink’ of was discovered on San Miguel Island. It has dark pink flowers that fade by degrees to almost white. This herbaceous perennial has ferny foliage that spreads to form indefinite colonies. It grows quickly, blooms in late spring, and will stay green most of the year if kept watered. We grow it as a turf here the Garden.