Sprite Dwarf Astilbe
Sprite Dwarf Astilbe
Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'Item #0353 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
A delightful dwarf Astilbe, excellent for use in containers, as an edging and in foreground plantings in shade to dappled sun. Deer resistant. Feathery, soft, shell pink plumes are held above bronze green foliage in summer. Herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Foliage 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 15 to 18 in. tall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee sim-pli-ki-FO-lee-aPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Foliage 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 15 to 18 in. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid-summerFlower color:PinkDesign IdeasDwarf astilbe is a natural edging but it can also be used in masses to intensify its color visibility. Add to perennial borders for front end interest. Incorporate into woodland compositions to provide textural variation.Companion PlantsProvides beautiful contrast in front of the lustrously green shrub Himalayan Sarcococca (Saarcococca hookeriana humilis) with its fragrant white flowers, or alternated along a border with Bennerup Blue Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica Bennerup Blue).
- CareCare InformationFollow 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 shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This well known group falls into the Saxifrage family. Of the 14 or so species, most are from Asia, with a couple of North Americans. The earliest astilbes arrived from China to Paris via Jesuit missionaries, leading to early hybridization in that region and Germany rather than Britain. This plant is derived from A. simplicifolia, which is native to Japan and figures into the famous Arends hybrids of Europe. It is also known as star astilbe, and was botanically named and classified by Japanese Tomitaro Makino, in the early 20th century.Lore:The genus was named from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage.