Walter Funke Achillea Plants

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Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Apricot/Orange Shades, Red/Crimson
Type Pot Grown
Also Good Foliage

Achillea Walter Funke

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Achillea Walter Funke

If unusual plant descriptions are your thing, then Achillea Walter Funke (also known as Walther Funcke) should be right up your street. On paper (or screen), the flower colours sound a bit odd - starting off terracotta-orange (some say brown) and fading like most yarrows do - to biscuit-beige! However, in real life this is one of the mellowest and yet eye catching colour combinations you can find. Not Tottenham Court Road in 1935 at all! However, if brave colours are not entirely your thing, then you will find some gentler subjects in the rest of our range of UK grown Achilleas.

Combined with the divided, grey-green foliage, the flowers mature with the summer and if you leave them to dry on the plant, you'll get the tones of autumn and winter, too.

Great In Your Garden...

With its earthy tones, Achillea Walter Funke looks great in a Piet Oudolf-style prairie planting scheme. As it begins flowering well before most of the other well-used perennials in such designs, such as Rudbeckia Goldsturm (golden yellow) and Echinacea Art's Pride (warm orange), it extends the flowering season.

Its flowers mellow and change colour as they mature, performing a vital role in the border of bridging the gap between the seasons. Try it paired with grasses like Stipa gigantea (giant oat grass) and Molinia Windspiel.

If you're a flower arranger, Walter Funke's flower heads dry very well for use in winter arrangements with the likes of Helichrysum (strawflower) and the grasses it grows so well with.

This Achillea is also suitable for gravel gardens, large containers, low-maintenance, wildlife and architectural gardens.


  • Colour: Orange/terracotta fading to biscuit/beige.
  • Flowering: June to September.
  • Foliage: Mid-green deeply divided leaves.
  • Height: 1.1m.
  • Spread: 40cm.
  • Spacing: 40cm.
  • Position: Sun.
  • Soil: Loam, chalk, sand, acid, alkaline, or neutral, well-drained.

Did You Know...

The leaves of Achillea millefolium (yarrow) help to heal clean cuts made by steel. Chewed leaves have astringent qualities that tighten the wound. Medieval soldiers would carry yarrow as part of their kit, leading to the common name Soldier’s Woundwort.

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