Achillea fillipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
An undemanding plant that tolerates poor, dry conditions and a fair degree of neglect. It looks most at home planted en masse in a natural garden or in swathes throughout a hot sunny border.
A tall, lacy looking plant, Cloth of Gold is particularly effective placed amongst grasses and simple plants such as Coreopsis and Echinops. Hover bees love all Achillea and the golden umbels make an attractive cut flower.
A decoction of the leaves was allegedly used by Achilles to staunch the bleeding wounds of his soldiers. Mixed with white wine, Culpepper recommends it for piles. We like it because it grows in difficult soils, is as tough as old boots and feeds insects of all persuasions.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Well drained, poor