Color Flash® Astilbe
Color Flash® Astilbe
Astilbe x arendsii 'Beauty of Ernst' Plant Patent #17,343Item #2750 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Brilliant electric green foliage emerges in early spring, soon maturing to a palette of burgundy, purple and green. In fall, foliage turns vibrant gold, orange and russet colors. Group in flower beds or spot in mixed containers. Tolerates more sun than other varieties, making it much more versatile in the garden. Herbaceous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Foliage clumps to 10 in. tall, 18 in. wide. Flower stems 12 to 18 in. tall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eyePlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Foliage clumps to 10 in. tall, 18 in. wide. Flower stems 12 to 18 in. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid to late summerFlower color:PinkPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the highbrow border and semiformal gardens. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds adding foliage interest even when not in bloom. Blends perfectly into the semi-shaded mixed border, providing strong color through summer. Mass or naturalize in woodland gardens. Also at home in country garden settings with hedges and cottage style flowers in informal drifts and masses. Exploit unique coloring with exotic container plant combinations.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
- 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:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This well known group of flowers falls into the Saxifragaceae family. The genus was classified by the English authority on plants of India, Francis Buchannan (1762-1829). He named the genus from the Greek for without sheen, or non-shining to describe the mat-like surface of the foliage. For a time in the 19th century these plants were known as Hoteia in Belgium. There are about 14 species of astilbe, mostly from Asia and a couple from North America. This species originates in Japan and is the source of florist's cut material. This ground breaking cultivar so named for its exotic colored foliage was introduced by Anthony Tesselaar.Lore:In Asia, the leaves of astilbe are used as tea and are often a tea substitute when supply is low. The young leaves are also cooked as greens.