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False Spirea/
Feather Flower
Astilbe

Description:  Fluffy spikes on ferny foliage blooming in June and July.  Varieties vary in size, shape, bloom color, bloom time and leaf color.   The flower heads last longer if they are planted to avoid the afternoon sun.  Some have green leaves, others bronze, some are shiny while others have a matte finish.   A great plant for color and texture in the shade garden!
 

Astilbe 'Sprite'  - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Common Name: False Spirea, Feather Flower, Astilbe
Botanical Name: Astilbe
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: This plant tolerates occasional wetness and will grow in moist soils but prefers a soil that is well-drained or loamy.  The pH preference of this plant is slightly acidic to neutral (7.0)
Light Requirements: Full Shade to Full Sun
Attributes: Attracts butterflies, cut flowers, dried flowers
Pests: Aphids, Japanese beetles, Red Spider Mites,  Slugs and Snails
Diseases: Bacterial blight, Powdery Mildew, Leaf Spot and Wilt
Care: Cut back the dead foliage in spring and dead-head blooms after flowering.   Propagation is from division and can be done in the fall or spring.

Fertilize with Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th,  & October 30th.  Or, fertilize with slow-releasing Osmocote every 3-4 months.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Astilbe 'Amber Moon'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:    The foliage emerges bright chartreuse yellow in spring with a tinge of red pigment in the newest leaves.  Foliage greens up a bit by late summer. Very tall, strong, blush red stems carry rose pink flower panicles in midsummer. 
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Mid-Summer
Height: 34-38"
Spread: 22-28"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Amethyst'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Purplish-lavender feathery plumes atop lacy green or bronze foliage. 
Bloom Color: Lavender
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Deep Green/Bronze
Height: 28-32"
Spread:


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Astilbe x arendsii 'August Light'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  The red plumes of 'August Light' are one of the latest to flower.  Foliage is green and has a reddish-pink tint to it.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green with a hint of reddish-pink
Height: 24-28"
Spread:


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Astilbe x 'Boogie Woogie'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Mid, dark green foliage below the large upright dense plumes of bright florescent pink. This very floriferous variety has blooms that are great cut and dried flowers.  Attracts butterflies and resistant to deer.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 14-16"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Bressingham Beauty'
Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Rich pink clusters on stiff stems.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green with a hint of purple
Height: 24-36"
Spread:


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Bridal Veil'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  White flowers.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-30"
Spread:


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Bumalda'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Sprays of white feathery plumes with a pink glow.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green with a hint of purple
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 36"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Cattleya'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Rose-pink flowers. 
Bloom Color: Rose-pink
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Green with a hint of purple
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 36"


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Astilbe x Beauty of Ernst 'Color Flash'
Spirea
, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Ever changing foliage color! Brilliant spring green foliage matures to a blend of burgundy, purple, and green during summer and then transforms into shades of gold, orange, and russet in fall. Early summer blooms of light pink.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June & July
Foliage Color: Mixed
Height: 18-20"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe 'Country & Western'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Soft pink, full plumes are produced prolifically in early summer.  Large, shiny, dark green leaves.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 15-18"


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Astilbe japonica 'Deutschland'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  White flowers
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 14-24"
Spread: 36-48"


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Astilbe 'Drum & Bass'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  A member of the new music series, Drum & Bass produces medium to bright pink plumes starting in mid-summer.  Large, bright green foliage. This variety is the most floriferous of the music series.
Bloom Color: Bright Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Bright Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 18-24"


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Astilbe japonica 'Europa'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 5-9
 
Description:  An early summer flowering soft pink Astilbe.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24"
Spread:


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-8
 
Description:   Deep blood red flowers with very dark green foliage.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Foliage Color: Dark Green with a hint of bronze
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 36-48"


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Astilbe 'Fireberry' - Short 'n Sweet Series
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  In a series of dwarf Astilbes from hybridizer Jan Verschoor comes this vibrant raspberry pink selection with diamond-shaped plumes.  Colorful blossoms are produced atop a relatively short clump of foliage in early to midsummer. The mid-green foliage is more petite than larger forms such as A. chinensis.  ‘Fireberry’ makes a nice addition to combination containers.
Bloom Color: Raspberry Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 16"
Spread: 16"


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Astilbe x 'Hip Hop'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Green foliage with strong stems, forms unique plumes of light pink flowers dotted with a contrasting eye of hot pink stamens. Bright color and very floriferous  Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets. Best in moist soils and semi-shade.
Bloom Color: Light Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-28"
Spread:  


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Astilbe 'Jump & Jive'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A member of the new music series, ‘Jump & Jive’ produces rosy-pink flowers in mid-summer atop bold green foliage.  A long-lived perennial that prefers rich soil and light shade to filtered sun in moist soil. 
Bloom Color: Rosy-Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 16"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe 'Key Biscayne'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A seedling of 'Sprite' with fuller blossoms.  Light pink flowers presented in open, slightly drooping panicles are borne on reddish stems in mid to late summer.  Unique two-tone green foliage with a dark red edge.
Bloom Color: Light Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark green w/red
Height: 14-18"
Spread: 12"


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Astilbe 'Key Largo'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A seedling of 'Sprite' with bright raspberry pink, slightly fragrant, open triangular plumes on red stems. Long blooming... from mid to late summer.  Finely dissected green foliage darkens as it ages.  Vigorous grower.
Bloom Color: Raspberry Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 16-18"
Spread: 12"


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Astilbe 'Key West
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A seedling of 'Sprite' with red flower buds opening to pink plumes on red stems.  Unique finely dissected foliage emerges red, then turns green with a narrow, red edge.  Key West is a vigorous grower.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 12-14"
Spread: 12"


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Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Pink'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A new dwarf form of Vision in Pink with compact rich dark green foliage.  Little Vision in Pink is very floriferous with thick sturdy stems and upright plumes of pink flowers.  Grows best in moist soils and semi-shade.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May-July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 14-16"
Spread:  


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Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Purple'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A new dwarf form of Vision in Pink with compact rich dark green foliage.  Little Vision in Pink is very floriferous with thick sturdy stems and upright plumes of raspberry-purple flowers.  Grows best in moist soils and semi-shade.
Bloom Color: Raspberry-Purple
Bloom Time: May-July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 14-16"
Spread:  


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Astilbe x 'Look At Me'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Compact plants with fragrant, large plumes of soft bubble-gum pink flowers accented with gorgeous red stems. Large full plumes.  A vigorous grower.
Bloom Color: Bubblegum Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-17"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe chinensis 'Mighty Red Quinn'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Another huge Astilbe similar to 'Mighty Pip' but with 4' towering red flower plumes. Foliage starts red, brown to then turn green. Robust grower. Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets. Grows best in moist soils and semi-shade.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 48"
Spread:  


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Astilbe chinensis 'Milk & Honey
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Creamy white plumes turn light pink as they age. Blooms in mid to late summer.  Bushy foliage appears slightly marbled with green and silver when it's young, then turns solid green as it matures.  A strong grower and prolific bloomer.
Bloom Color: White to Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 30"
Spread: 18-20"


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Astilbe chinensis 'Montgomery'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Dark red, triangular shaped plumes are borne on darker red stems in mid to late summer.  Leaves emerge with a bronze-red tint in spring, then turn dark green.
Bloom Color: Dark red
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 20-24" (includes flower height)
Spread: 12-18"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Nikky'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A selection from 'Sister Theresa'.  Two-tone pink and white flowers brighten up the dark green foliage. brighten up the dark foliage.
Bloom Color: Light pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 28"
Spread: 12-15"


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Astilbe thunbergii 'Ostrich Plume'
Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Rich coral pink flowers with giant drooping plumes.
Bloom Color: Coral Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 30"
Spread: 24-28"


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Astilbe x rosea 'Peach Blossom'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Delicate pink flowers bloom atop it's ferny green foliage. 
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-30"
Spread: 36-48"


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Astilbe crispa 'Perkeo'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-7
 
Description:  Light candy pink flowers are held above ferny green foliage in August.  Looks nice with smaller-sized Hostas!   
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: July and August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-8"
Spread:


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Astilbe chinensis 'Purpurkerzes'
or 'Purple Candles'
TM
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
Description:  A late flowering Astilbe with narrow reddish-purple plumes.  Foliage is dark green.
Bloom Color: Rose Purple
Bloom Time: July and August
Foliage Color: Dark Green/Bronze
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24"


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Astilbe 'Radius'
Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  An outstanding new hybrid with dark red emerging foliage that matures to dark green. Radius blooms profusely in mid-summer when the dark red flower buds open to deep rose-red plumes.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24"
Spread: 18-24"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Rheinland'
Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Clear lilac pink fragrant blooms
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24"
Spread:



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Astilbe 'Rhythum & Beat'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Shimmering purple-pink plumes start blooming early summer atop dark green foliage.  Very rich flowering with full plumes.
Bloom Color: Purple-Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 16-20"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe x chinensis 'Rise & Shine'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Large 8" long, hot pink pyramidal plumes in mid-summer.  Very strong flower stems do not require staking.  This new Astilbe chinensis hybrid offers superior genetics that result in a more solid root structure and more vibrant flower colors than the straight species. However, they still offer the increased sun and drought tolerance of the chinensis species.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 27"
Spread: 12-18"


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Astilbe 'Rock & Roll'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Puffy white plumes with a pyramidal shape.  Blooms in early summer.  Large, coarsely textured, dark green foliage and reddish stems.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 20"
Spread: 12-15"


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Astilbe x arendsii 'Sister Theresa'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Bears very dense salmon-pink flower clusters on stiff stems.
Bloom Color: Salmon Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green with a hint of purple
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 18"


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Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'
Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  1994 Perennial Plant of the Year.  An absolutely stunning Astilbe with arching open flower clusters of a delicate shell pink color.  Leaves emerge bronze/green and become more green with age.
Bloom Color: Shell pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-18"
Spread: 12"

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Astilbe 'Sugarberry'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  In a series of dwarf Astilbes from hybridizer Jan Verschoor comes this floriferous, soft pink selection with triangular-shaped plumes.  In early to midsummer, the flowers are presented just above the very compact, full clump of small, dark green leaves. At just under a foot tall, this is an excellent selection for the front of the border and for containers.
Bloom Color: Soft Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10"
Spread: 14"


 

 


 

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Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Thick, upright light pink plumes.  Very floriferous.  Sturdy stems with blue-green foliage.  A robust grower!
Bloom Color: Light pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-20"
Spread: 18"


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Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Red'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
Description:  Deep red buds open to pinkish-red flowers on full plumes in mid-summer.  Flowers are held on red stems above bronze-green foliage.  A robust grower and member of Astilbe chinensis (Chinese Astilbe). A later blooming species useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Though garden performance is far superior in moist soils, members of this species are moderately drought tolerant.
Bloom Color: Pinkish-Red
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Bronze-Green
Height: 15"
Spread: 15"


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Astilbe japonica 'Washington'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Creamy white flowers atop dark green fern-like foliage.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 24-30"
Spread:


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Astilbe japonica 'Youngique Carmine'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Members of the Astilbe Younique™ Series offer a higher flower scape count and compact foliage.  Fast growing plants quickly form a nice mound of petite foliage topped by bunches of fragrant, triangular, fuchsia-red plumes.
Bloom Color: Fuchsia-red
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 16-20"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe 'Youngique Cerise'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Members of the Astilbe Younique™ Series offer a higher flower scape count and compact foliage.  Fast growing plants quickly form a nice mound of petite foliage topped by bunches of fragrant, cherry-pink plumes.
Bloom Color: Cherry Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 16-20"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe 'Youngique Lilac'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 3-8
 
Description:  The Younique series are shorter hybrids that produce more flowers than foliage. Very compact and very floriferous. Grows quickly to form a nice mound of petite foliage topped by bunches of fragrant, triangular, lavender pink plumes in early to midsummer.
Bloom Color: Lavender Pink
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 14-18"
Spread: 16-20"


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Astilbe 'Youngique Silvery Pink'
Spirea, Feather Flower
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Members of the Astilbe Younique™ Series offer a higher flower scape count and compact foliage.  Fast growing plants quickly form a nice mound of petite foliage topped by bunches of fragrant, triangular, pale pink plumes.
Bloom Color: Pale Pink
Bloom Time: June and July
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 16-20"
Spread: 16-20"
 

 


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