Astilbe or False Spirea

Easily grown in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soil. Soil should not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture.

Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom, but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide when clumps become overcrowded (every 3-4 years).

 


 

Zone: 3 to 8

Sun: Part shade to full shade

Bloom Time: Summer

Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Tolerates: Heavy Shade

Resistant to: Rabbits, Deer