Astilbe x arendsii 'Deutschland'Item #0351 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Graceful, airy mounds with showy plumes of feathery flowers. Good in pots and tubs. Colorful landscape accent in moist areas, such as around pools and water features. Herbaceous perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eyePlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Mounds less than 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers to 2 ft. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteGarden styleCottageDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory: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.