Astilbe japonica 'Montgomery'Item #0167 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Large, full trusses of dark red plumes and green foliage that emerges bronze in spring. Good in pots and tubs. Nice colorful landscape accent and mass planting in moist areas, such as around pools. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Mounded foliage to 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 2 ft. tall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee juh-PON-ih-kuhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45Growth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Mounded foliage to 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 2 ft. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedDesign IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the semiformal garden border. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds. Perfect in semishaded mixed borders. Mass or naturalize in woodland gardens. At home in country garden settings with hedges and cottage style flowers when arranged in informal drifts and masses.Companion PlantsGroup this perennial with soft companions such as Black Stem Bigleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'), Eskimo Viburnum, (Viburnum x 'Eskimo'), Roseum Elegans Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Roseum Elegans') and Sensation Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation').
- 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 group falls into the Saxifragaceae. The genus was classified by the English authority on plants of India, Francis Buchanan. He named it from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage. There are about 14 species, mostly from Asia and a couple of North Americans. This species originates in Japan and is the source of florist's cut material.Lore:In China these plants are commonly known as Ch'Ang Chan.