Clumps of fern-like foliage with upright, plume-like flower stalks.
Astilbe are a popular choice for shady gardens where they perform well if given a rich, moist soil and regular watering. This compact selection produces a mound of glossy, dark green, narrow, sharply-toothed leaves with creamy-white, pyramidal-shaped plumes appearing in early summer. Seed heads may be removed or left on the plant for winter interest. Beautiful when massed in shade or woodland gardens. Useful as a groundcover for shady areas. Effective by the pond or on stream banks. Excellent in tubs and mixed containers, cottage gardens and for cutting. Fertilize in April and June. May tolerate full sun in cool summer regions.
Blooms early to mid summer
3-9 Find your zone
Begin at 55-60° F until new growth appears. Moisture is key for optimal growth so keep evenly moist, never allow to dry. Once actively growing temperature can be increased to initiate flowering, and begin feeding at 75-125 ppm N with each watering. Provide 50% shade to avoid leaf scorch. Plants generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 28
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low
Plant in professional potting soil so that the eyes rest at or just below the soil surface after watering in. Roots may be trimmed if necessary to fit into pot. Apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.
Easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. Follow a watering schedule for first growing season to establish your plant. Can divide clumps every 3-5 years in early spring if desired.