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Peter Cottontail Yarrow

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 1.5 - 2 Feet
  • Width 28 - 30 Inches
  • Growing Zones 3-8

There are only a handful of perennial plants that cute little woodland creatures don’t destroy. Look no further than 'Peter Cottontail' yarrow. Unlike the name, Peter Cottontail or Bambi will steer clear of this perennial beauty. The official name is Achillea ptarmica and it is native to Europe. The ‘Peter Cottontail’ variety was selected for having large puffy, ivory bunny tail blooms. This herbaceous perennial strikingly resembles baby’s breath and it will bloom from July through September. Expect hundreds of white button-sized daisies on one single plant.

These dainty flowers are sure to be a butterfly magnet too. Once established this yarrow is fairly drought tolerant. Enchant your garden. Create a whimsical cottage garden with flowers that are beautiful yet small and mighty. Attention is in the details and ‘Peter Cottontail’ is the perfect cut flower or everlasting dried flower arrangement. Its flowers make a perfect thriller attribute to a perennial combination planter.

Peter Cottontail Yarrow Care

In its native habitat, Achillea ptarmica is typically found near marshes or streams in heavy clay soil. Full sun to part sun with well-draining, poor to slightly acidic soils mimics yarrow’s native environment. Applying fertilizer is not recommended. It has average watering needs but can undergo periods of drought once established after a year.

After the flowers fade in September, cut the plant down to half its size and it will be invigorated with green growth in the Spring. This plant is extremely winter hardy outdoors from zones 3 to 8 a. When overwintering containers, store containers in a sheltered location, water the soil monthly while dormant, and protect pots from winter wind and direct sun.

Peter Cottontail Yarrow Spacing

This plant is relatively medium in size, only reaching 2 feet tall. In order for these plants to reach full size, space plants at least 30 inches apart. When creating borders, stay consistent with the same plants and ideally plant in odd numbers (3, 6, 9 etc.) for a more professional look.

Peter Cottontail Yarrow Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 1.5 - 2 Feet
Mature Width: 28 - 30 Inches
Plant Spacing: 28 - 30 Inches
Growth Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade: Ivory
Seasonal Interest: Early Summer to Fall
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant, Containers, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Edging Plant, Mass Planting
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Achillea ptarmica USPPAF

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

3 Reviews - Peter Cottontail Yarrow Show Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by Jan De See on Sep 18th 2021

    My first cottontail all but died waiting to be planted earlier this summer, but I salvaged a tiny bit to plant. I ordered a new one that I got into the soil in within a week and hopefully the old and new will bond together through the fall and winter. Fingers crossed!

  • 5
    excellent plant, very little transport shock.

    Posted by MARY HAYDEN on Jul 4th 2021

    excellent plant, very little transport shock.

  • 5
    Great flowering...

    Posted by Sabrina Kertz on Jun 9th 2021

    I can't wait to see this little plant flower all Summer! Cute little flowers. Will update with pictures later in summer.