When can I plant Achillea in Zone 5a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can determine when it's a good idea to plant achillea in Zone 5a by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Achillea

Frost tolerance for achillea: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

You can plant achillea a lot earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate quite a bit of cold weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant achillea
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant achillea
Probably not a good time to plant achillea

The earliest that you can plant achillea in Zone 5a is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant achillea and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your achillea may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your achillea indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 5a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -20°F.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 5a is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5a there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to protect your achillea if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 5a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-20°F
Highest Expected Low-15°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -20°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -15°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 5a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 5a.