Fernleaf Yarrow Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
yarrow 'Gold Plate'


The 'Gold Plate' Yarrow is an attractive perennial that is known for its striking bright yellow flower clusters that have a flat, plate-like shape. These flowers create a visually prominent feature, which can catch the eye from a distance. The blooms are composed of numerous tiny, tightly-packed flowers, giving them a dense, almost cushion-like appearance. The foliage of the 'Gold Plate' Yarrow is equally attractive, with fern-like leaves that are finely dissected, creating a delicate, feathered texture. The leaves are a deep green color that contrasts beautifully with the vibrant yellow of the flowers. The plant has a generally upright habit, and the combination of its showy flowers and elegant leaves can make it a prominent feature in a garden setting. The 'Gold Plate' Yarrow is a hardy plant that can withstand a variety of conditions, and its colorful presence is often used to enliven borders and beds, drawing the attention of both human admirers and pollinating insects alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Fern-leaf Yarrow, Gold Plate Yarrow

    • Common names

      Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Yarrow is not typically considered highly toxic to humans. However, some people may have allergic reactions or sensitivity to the plant. If ingested in large quantities, yarrow could potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort, such as diarrhea or stomach cramps. Contact with the skin can sometimes cause rashes or dermatitis in sensitive individuals.

    • To pets

      Yarrow is also not considered highly toxic to pets. Ingesting the plant might result in mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, especially if consumed in large amounts. However, it is not known to be severely poisonous to pets. Still, it's always a good practice to prevent pets from consuming plants that are not part of their normal diet.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.91-1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.61-0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: The 'Gold Plate' Yarrow adds visual interest to gardens with its vibrant yellow flower heads and fern-like foliage.
    • Attracts beneficial insects: It draws in beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, promoting pollination.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, it is very drought-resistant, requiring minimal watering in dry conditions.
    • Low maintenance: 'Gold Plate' Yarrow is generally easy to care for and does not need regular fertilization.
    • Rapid growth: It grows quickly, filling in garden spaces efficiently and providing quick results for landscapers.
    • Deer resistance: It is not favored by deer, reducing the likelihood of damage in areas with deer populations.
    • Long blooming: The plant has a long flowering period, offering color from early summer into the fall.
    • Soil adaptability: It can thrive in a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-drained soils.
    • Erosion control: The extensive root system of Yarrow can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Edging and bordering: The plant's clumping growth habit makes it suitable for use in borders or as garden edging.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Yarrow contains compounds that may reduce inflammation and could be used to aid in the treatment of wounds and minor inflammation.
    • Hemostatic: The plant is traditionally used to promote blood clotting and could be useful for minor bleeds.
    • Antiseptic: Yarrow has antiseptic properties that may help prevent infection in cuts and abrasions.
    • Carminative: It may aid digestion and reduce symptoms such as gas and bloating.
    • Diaphoretic: Yarrow can induce sweating and has been traditionally used to help reduce fevers.
    • Astringent: It has astringent properties that might be helpful in toning the skin and mucous membranes.
    • Emmenagogue: Yarrow is known to stimulate menstrual flow and has been used in traditional medicine for associated menstrual health issues, although such use should be approached with caution.
    • Digestive tonic: It can be used to aid various digestive problems, such as indigestion or loss of appetite.
    Please note that while these properties are traditionally associated with Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'), the efficacy and safety of its use for these conditions has not been thoroughly scientifically validated, and self-treatment is not advised without consulting a healthcare professional.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Achillea 'Gold Plate', also known as Yarrow, can be used as a dye plant for textiles, giving a subtle yellow to green shade depending on the mordant used.
    • Its dried stems and flowers can be included in potpourri mixes to add a gentle fragrance and a touch of color.
    • Yarrow can be planted as a companion plant in the vegetable garden to attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and hoverflies, which feed on pests.
    • The fibrous stems of yarrow can be used in papermaking, providing texture and interest to handcrafted paper products.
    • The flowers can be used as a natural confetti at weddings or celebrations, being both biodegradable and delicate.
    • Its robust growing nature makes yarrow useful for stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Flower heads of yarrow can be incorporated into wreaths and dried floral arrangements, retaining their shape and color for long periods.
    • Used in permaculture design, yarrow has deep roots that draw up nutrients from the subsoil, which can benefit surrounding plants.
    • In the past, the stems were used to divine the weather, with beliefs that they could foretell the coming conditions.
    • Yarrow's resilient and hardy character makes it suitable for use in green roofing projects, contributing to biodiversity and insulation.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The fernleaf yarrow is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The fernleaf yarrow is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Named after Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War renowned for his healing powers, the Achillea genus symbolizes healing due to its historical use in treating wounds.
    • Courage: Represents courage and bravery, reminiscent of Achilles' legendary warrior abilities.
    • Protection: Often used for its protective properties in traditional medicine, it symbolizes safeguarding against negative forces and illness.
    • Love: In some traditions, the fern-like foliage and bright flowers are linked to sentiments of love and attraction.
    • Perseverance: Its hardy nature and ability to thrive in tough conditions are seen as a symbol of perseverance and resilience.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Fern-leaf yarrow should be watered deeply but infrequently, as it is drought-tolerant once established. During the first growing season, it's important to keep the soil evenly moist to ensure proper root development. This might amount to watering once every week or two, especially during dry spells, but be sure to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions. After it's established, it may need watering only during prolonged dry spells. As a rule of thumb, provide about 1 inch of water per week during the growing season if there isn't sufficient rainfall.

  • sunLight

    Fern-leaf yarrow thrives best in full sun conditions. It needs at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day to flourish. Place it in a spot in your garden where it can enjoy unfiltered sunshine throughout the day for optimal growth and flower production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    For fern-leaf yarrow, the ideal temperature range for growing is between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about -30 degrees Fahrenheit, which means they are very cold-hardy and suitable for many temperate climates. This plant also tolerates heat well and can withstand temperatures up over 80 degrees Fahrenheit without issue.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune fern-leaf yarrow to maintain its shape and encourage more robust growth. Deadheading, or cutting off spent flowers, can promote a second bloom in the season. It's best to prune back the plant in late fall or early spring. Additionally, cutting back the foliage after the first killing frost can help tidy up the plant and prepare it for winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate') thrives in well-drained, loamy soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. The best soil mix for this plant should include two parts loam, one part sand, and one part compost to ensure proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Fernleaf Yarrow does not require frequent repotting and can often be left undisturbed for several years. Repotting may be considered every 3-4 years to refresh the soil or if the plant has outgrown its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Fernleaf Yarrow tolerates a wide range of humidity levels and does best in average garden conditions. It does not require any special humidity adjustments, making it quite adaptable.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun and well-drained soil for indoor Fernleaf Yarrow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-drained soil, and space adequately.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    'Gold Plate' Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate') begins its life cycle with the germination of seeds in the late winter or spring in favorable conditions of light soil and adequate sunlight. The seedlings then develop into rosettes of fern-like foliage at the soil surface. As the plant matures during its first growing season, it establishes a strong root system and vegetative growth, preparing for the next stage. In the following year, 'Gold Plate' Yarrow will send up tall flower stalks topped with large, flat clusters of golden-yellow flowers in early to mid-summer, attracting a host of pollinators. After flowering, seeds are produced and dispersed, and the plant may undergo a period of dormancy in the fall and winter, surviving as a perennial with its crown and roots intact. The life cycle continues in the subsequent year as the plant re-emerges from its rootstock, growing and flowering anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate', more commonly known as Gold Plate Yarrow, is best propagated by division, which is typically done in the spring or fall. To propagate by division, locate a mature clump of the plant and carefully dig around its perimeter. Lift the entire clump from the ground and use a sharp knife or spade to divide the clump into smaller sections, making sure each division has a good amount of roots attached. Plant the divisions immediately into well-draining soil, spacing them about 18 to 24 inches apart to allow for growth. Water the new plantings thoroughly to help establish the root system. Divisions will take root and start to grow, becoming established in their new location over the course of the growing season.