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Does Achillea Red Velvet fade?

Hi, does anyone have an achillea Red Velvet and is it true that the colour doesn't fade over time (as claimed on some websites)? I bought another red achillea, can't remember which variety, and was disappointed when the flowers faded to pink; I didn't know this could happen. I would really like to have more red-flowering perennials, if not this year then next.
Thank you.


  • VictorMeldrewVictorMeldrew Peak District foothills, CheshirePosts: 635
    I found Red Velvet very disappointing. Yes it looks good when in bud and when the flowers open properly but mine faded quite quickly to a sickly pink. But it could possibly behave better in different soil.
    The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    All achilleas fade as the flowers age and mature.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you both. Glad I thought of asking over here before going out to buy another plant.
  • BusylizBusyliz Posts: 123
    All my achillias have faded to a dirty white,  including Cerise Queen. 
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