Sprite Dwarf Astilbe

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Item 0353

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USDA Zone:
4-9
Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Description:

A delightful dwarf Astilbe, excellent for use in containers, as an edging and in foreground plantings in shade to dappled sun. Deer resistant. Feathery, soft, shell pink plumes are held above bronze green foliage in summer. Herbaceous perennial.

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Average Size at Maturity
Foliage reaches 12 in. tall, 24 in. wide; up to 18 in. tall in bloom.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Herbaceous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Flowers for Cutting ,   Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Midsummer
Flower Color: Pink
Garden Style: Contemporary ,   Cottage
Design Ideas: Dwarf astilbe is a natural edging but it can also be used in masses to intensify its color visibility. Add to perennial borders for front end interest. Incorporate into woodland compositions to provide textural variation. Provides beautiful contrast in front of the lustrously green shrub Himalayan Sarcococca (Sarcococca hookeriana humilis) with its fragrant white flowers, or alternated along a border with Bennerup Blue Siberian Iris

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

History

This well known group falls into the Saxifrage family. The genus was named from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage. Of the 14 or so species, most are from Asia, with a couple of North Americans. The earliest astilbes arrived from China to Paris via Jesuit missionaries, leading to early hybridization in that region and Germany rather than Britain.

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