Achillea, (also known as Yarrow, Allheal and Bloodwort), is a genus of the Asteraceae family and grows wild in across Europe and temperate parts of Asia.
Achillea has large flat clusters of flowers at the top of the stem and frilly aromatic leaves. Achillea is available in a number of varieties and colours such as red, yellow, white and pink.
Achillea was named after the Greek mythological character Achilles. According to legend, Achille's soldiers treated their wounds with achillea.
In the wholesale flower markets achillea is sold in wraps of 50 stems. It is a very popular flower for drying because of its strong stems. At Christmas time dryed achillea is available dip dyed in bright red, metallic silver and gold. It is extensively used in Xmas table arrangements and garlands. Achillea is seldom used in wedding flowers these days, but when it is, it looks really effective and well worth experimenting with.
How to Air Dry Achillea
Strip the foliage from the stems and hang upside down in a warm, dry and dark place.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut achillea please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with cold water and add flower food.
- Place the achillea in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the achillea in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.