Astilbe x arendsii 'Deutschland'Item #0351 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Graceful, airy mounds with plumes of snow white, feathery flowers. Works well in pots and tubs. Creates a very showy landscape accent in moist areas, such as around pools and water features, in a shaded to dappled shade setting. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Mounding foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 ft. tall.
- 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:Mounding foliage reaches 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; flowers reach 2 ft. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWith its white, feathery flowers and gentle mounding form, this species of Astilbe adds particular softness to the garden. Though happy in containers, it needs colorful perennials for added dimension. For a naturalized look around a backyard pool, try a sweeping curve of Deutschland Astilbe amongst a large rock or two and some spreading or climbing groundcover.Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Brunnera (Brunnera)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:Astilbes are grouped into the Saxifragaceae, named from the Greek for non-shining to describe the foliage. Of the 14 species, most are from Asia and North America. A. x arendsii hybrids were developed by H. A. Arends, a contemporary 20th century German nurseryman and breeder. They are primarily derived from A. chinensis var. Davidii, which is native to a huge range spanning both China and Mongolia. Other species involved include A. simplicifolia, A. japonica, A. thunbergii and A. astilboides.Lore:Astilbes were originally grown for the cut flower industry in both Europe and Asia.