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False Spirea

Astilbe thunbergii 'Straussenfeder'

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 taller selection features very distinctive, large, arching rose-pink, drooping plumes appearing in midsummer, over a bushy mound of lacy green leaves. Very elegant and quite different than typical Astilbe flowers. Beautiful near a water feature but also thrives in tubs and mixed containers. Fertilize in April and June. Excellent for cutting. Seed heads may be removed, or left on the plant for winter interest. Plants should be divided every 2 to 3 years, in early spring. Will tolerate full sun, in cool summer regions.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms mid to late summer

Mature Height:

35-39 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 48-55°F to promote root growth while keeping evenly moist. Once actively growing, move up to 60°F and fertilizer can be applied. Provide 50% shade, and never allow to dry out. 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

Transplanting Instructions:

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.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

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.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.