Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal'Item #30527 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
A showy bloomer for beautiful summer color in shaded areas. Tall, feathery blooms of deep garnet-red valued for their light, airy quality rise above graceful mounds of bronze-green foliage. Thrives in dappled or full shade borders. Gorgeous in mass plantings. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eyePlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid-Spring to SummerFlower color:RedDesign IdeasLooks beautiful displaying its ruby red blooms in the middle to back row of a shade garden. Especially showy in a large grouping surrounded by smaller, white-flowering plants.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 shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreLore:This 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.