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Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects: Fern-Leaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendula)

Achillea filipulina Gold PlateThis clump-forming perennial is a native of central and southwestern Asia but has naturalized in parts of Europe and North America. As a member of the aster family (Asteraceae), it has small compact bright yellow flowerheads composed of ray and disc flowers are carried in flat compound corymbs up to five inches across. The gray-green leaves are slightly fuzzy, deeply cut and feathery. Outstanding cultivars include “Parkers Variety’ with golden yellow flowers on three to four foot stems, and ‘Gold Plate’ with deep yellow flowers on stems up to five feet tall. Flowers are good cut flowers both fresh and dried but pollen must be showing before they are cut.

Type: Herbaceous perennial
Size: 3-5’ H x 3’ W
Light: Full sun
Soil: Average to lean, moderately moist, well-drained
Hardiness: Zones 3-9
Beneficial Insects Attracted: Lacewings, lady bugs, hoverflies, Trichogramma wasps, pirate bugs and other parasitic insects