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
Moderate, mounding grower to 2 ft. tall.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Mid-spring to 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:Moderate, mounding grower to 2 ft. tall.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Mid-spring to summer
Flower color:Pink
Garden styleCottage
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 PlantsSnatch up some springtime bloomers such as the white Snowdrop Windflower (Anemone sylvestris), Variegated Common Periwinkle (Vinca minor 'Variegata') and the blue star-like Maries Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus mariesii) to interplant en masse with this Astilbe's pink plumes, thus creating a gracefully undulating border.
Care Information
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:
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.