Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Mounds less than 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers to 2 ft. tall.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
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:Mounds less than 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers to 2 ft. tall.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:White
Garden styleCottage
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 PlantsThis white Astilbe looks lovely with the dramatic orange flowers and deep green leaves of Kaffir Lily (Clivia miniata 'French Hybrid') in a container placed on a patio. Also pretty with Catlin's Giant Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'), a carpet-like groundcover with deep blue flowers, and lacy Crested Lady Fern (Athyrium filix femina 'Cristatum') in a backyard pool landscape.
Care Information
Provide moist, well drained soil. 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.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
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.