• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Mounding foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowers for Shade
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eye
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Mounding foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 ft. tall.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Design IdeasWith its white, feathery flowers and gentle mounding form, this species of Astilbe adds particular softness to the garden. Though happy in containers, it needs colorful perennials for added dimension. For a naturalized look around a backyard pool, try a sweeping curve of Deutschland Astilbe amongst a large rock or two and some spreading or climbing groundcover.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Brunnera (Brunnera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, acidic, well-drained soil, sited in bright shade or filtered sun; does not tolerate dry conditions. Mulch to keep roots cool and moist, avoiding the crown. Clip spent blooms for a tidy appearance. Remove old foliage and stems in early spring. Feed in early spring, and again after bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Astilbes are grouped into the Saxifragaceae, named from the Greek for non-shining to describe the foliage. Of the 14 species, most are from Asia and North America. A. x arendsii hybrids were developed by H. A. Arends, a contemporary 20th century German nurseryman and breeder. They are primarily derived from A. chinensis var. Davidii, which is native to a huge range spanning both China and Mongolia. Other species involved include A. simplicifolia, A. japonica, A. thunbergii and A. astilboides.
    Lore:
    Astilbes were originally grown for the cut flower industry in both Europe and Asia.