Astilbe

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COMMON NAME Astilbe

TYPE rhizomatous perennial, clump forming

GROWTH ENVIRONMENT partial shade, moist garden beds, woodland, boggy sites, moist borders

SOIL fertile, moist, acidic soils, does not tolerate dry clay soils

ZONE 3 – 8

SIZE 15” – 20”

FLOWER COLOR plume – like panicles of tiny light pink flowers on stiff stems in mid - summer

NARRATIVE Needs supplemental water during dry spells. Divide plants in spring while dormant. Divide large clumps every 3 or 4 years and discard the woody center rhizomes. Flower stems dry and remain attractive through the winter months. Cut back in early spring. 

 

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