Key West Astilbe

Astilbe x 'Key West' PPAF

SKU
43115
Maroon buds on reddish stems open up to showy, feathery, raspberry red flower plumes that age to a soft pink, on rich, color-changing foliage that emerges red and matures to bronze-green with red margins. Stunning in mass plantings. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-STIL-bee
LoreThis well known group falls into the Saxifrage family. The genus was named from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage. Of the 14 or so species, most are from Asia, with a couple of North Americans. The earliest astilbes arrived from China to Paris via Jesuit missionaries, leading to early hybridization in that region and Germany rather than Britain.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 12 to 14 in. tall, 15 to 18 in. wide.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Summer
Design IdeasA stunning display with its colorful blooms in the middle row of a shade garden. Especially showy in a large grouping surrounded by smaller, white-flowering plants. Incorporate into woodland compositions to provide textural variation.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Brunnera (Brunnera)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

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