Plant of the Month – June


Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum

  • Plant Form: Perennial sub-shrub
  • Water Use: Very low
  • Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall and wide
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August)
  • Native to: California, Baja California
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy to 5°F

Welcome this easy-to-grow California native plant into your flower beds, borders, or rock gardens for months of bright color. Golden Yarrow attracts butterflies and other pollinators, but resists browsing by rabbits and deer, and thrives happily in arid soils.


Golden Yarrow is especially welcome in the garden because of its long blooming season. This compact perennial or small shrub is a highly variable plant, with northern California forms looking much different than central or southern California plants. The slender, numerous stems support woolly, deeply-lobed leaves, and are topped with slightly rounded flower clusters each holding up to 30 flower heads. The golden-yellow flowers provide months of bright color, attracting bees and butterflies. Golden Yarrow is easy to grow, has no serious pests or disease issues, tolerates clay soil, and happily resists browsing by rabbits and deer. It needs very little water once established, and benefits from being cut back to 3-4 inches after flowering to maintain a compact form. This drought-tolerant beauty brightens up flower beds and borders, rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens, and butterfly gardens, especially when planted in groups or massed.


Check out our “Garden Tasks” for June