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Color Flash® Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii 'Beauty of Ernst' PP #17,343

Pronunciation: a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eye
SKU #02750

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Description 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. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist.
Blooms Mid to Late Summer
Mature Size Foliage reaches 10 in. tall, 18 in. wide; up to 18 in. tall in bloom.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Landscape Use Border, Container
Design Ideas This is one of the stellar perennials of the highbrow border and semi-formal 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.
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Japanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta)
Care 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.
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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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