Astilbe x arendsii 'Rheinland'Item #0354 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Showy perennial for beautiful summer color in shady areas. Tall, feathery blooms of clear pink rise above foliage, adding a light, airy quality. Forms a graceful border, great in massed plantings.
- 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:Moderate, mounding grower to 2 ft. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid-spring to summerFlower color:PinkGarden styleCottageDesign 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.
- 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 to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory: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.