• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Color for Shade
    Blooms:
    Mid-Spring to 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:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid-Spring to Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Design IdeasPlant a large cluster of this Astilbe in a favorite shady location to show off a summertime display of clear pink, feathery plumes. Select companions that are less than two feet tall and are spreading or clumping in form to avoid competing with the erect form of the Rheinland Astilbe. Also consider plants that may bloom in late summer to provide added color as this Astilbe fades.
    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.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The Astilbe x arendsii hybrids were developed by and named for H. A. Arends, a 20th century Germ,an nurseryman. The hybrids are derived primarily from A. chinensis var. Davidii, with a natural range that spans central China and Mongolia. Also factoring into these hybrids to a far lesser extent are A. simplicifolia, A. japonica, and A. thunbergii. Its natural range spans central China and Mongolia.
    Lore:
    Astilbe chinensis var Davidii is named for Pere Armand David, a Jesuit missionary in China credited with bringing a large number of new plants to the west via Jardin des Plantes in France.