Hybridized by Michael Dobres and patented under the name Achillea ‘Novaachdus’ in 2013. To view patent information, click HERE. It says the inventor was Michael Dobres and the original assignee was NovaFlora LLC. The current assignee is Ball Horticultural. The information provided says Achillea ‘Moondust’ originated as a chance seedling from Achillea ‘Moonshine’ which is open-pollinated. The information provided is very interesting.
Achillea ‘Moonshine’ is thought to be a hybrid between Achillea clypeolata and A. taygetea (in a roundabout way). It is an old favorite introduced by Alan Bloom in the 1950’s and is still popular today.
I brought this Achillea ‘Moondust’ home from Lowe’s on June 10 (2018). It will make a nice addition to the south bed where it will get plenty of sun.
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-9a (-40 to 20° F)
Size: 12-18” tall
Light: Full sun
Soil: Very well-drained, average soil.
Water: Average, drought tolerant
I put the Achillea ‘Moondust’ in the south bed where it is happily getting full sun.
In my experience with Achillea, they like to be planted in full sun and will not tolerate much shade. They don’t seem to be that particular about the soil as long as it drains well because they do not like wet feet. They are very heat and drought tolerant and when most plants are drooping, the Achillea will be taking it all in. This is a new cultivar for me and I have only grown one other cultivar, Achillea ‘Strawberry Seduction’. Well, I take that back. The Achillea millefolium in my flower beds are an old cultivar but I have no idea what the name is.
I have grown Achillea millefolium for many years, and although it can become invasive, mine has behaved very well. It all depends on where you plant it. The Achillea ‘Strawberry Seduction’ was very well mannered and didn’t even spread.
By the end of July, the Achillea ‘Moondust’ is still doing very well. I am not used to an Achillea that is so short and I keep wondering when it will grow. Then I have to remind myself this plant only grows to 12-18″ tall.
I was very happy to see the Achillea ‘Moondust’ survived the winter when I was taking photos on April 7.
By April 20 the Achillea ‘Moondust’ was looking very good.
Many of the perennials are growing very fast now and in only two days after the previous photo was taken on April 20…
The Achillea ‘Moondust’ had two buds on April 22.
Looking good and growing!
The Achillea ‘Moondust had two more buds on May 13.
Achillea ‘Moondust’ with more flowers on May 19. NICE
I always liked the flowers on Achillea. Hundreds of tiny, tightly packed flowers in each cluster. I don’t know why the color is so bright yellow in the above photo. They aren’t like that in reality. Newer flower clusters do differ in shade from older clusters, but not that bright. 🙂
After a storm came through, the Achillea ‘Moondust’ decided to lay down on the job.
I propped up the leaning Achillea ‘Moondust’ with a brick temporarily. It seems taller this year than last year.
Typical silvery-green leaves of Achillea ‘Moondust’ resemble Achillea clypeolata and A. taygetea in shape. Achillea filipendulina also have similar leaves.
There isn’t a whole lot online about this plant yet, but hopefully, someday there will be more. Sadly to say, the Achillea ‘Moondust’ fizzled out and didn’t return in the spring of 2020. Maybe I will find another one.
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