Europa Japanese Astilbe
Europa Japanese Astilbe
Astilbe japonica 'Europa'Item #0164 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Spires of feathery plumes in soft baby pink are held well above the lush dark green glossy serrated leaves. Good cut flower. Mass to intensify color or use as edging. At home in the woodland garden or under shade trees that love moisture. Herbaceous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 24 in. tall and wide
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee juh-PON-ih-kuhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 24 in. tall and wideSpecial features:Gift PlantFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Late SpringFlower color:PinkGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the semiformal garden border. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds. Perfect in semishaded mixed borders. Mass or naturalize in woodland gardens. At home in country garden settings with hedges and cottage style flowers when arranged in informal drifts and masses.Companion PlantsGroup this perennial with soft companions such as Black Stem Bigleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'), Eskimo Viburnum, (Viburnum x 'Eskimo'), Roseum Elegans Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Roseum Elegans') and Sensation Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation').
- 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:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreHistory:This group falls into the Saxifragaceae. The genus was classified by the English authority on plants of India, Francis Buchanan. He named it from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage. There are about 14 species, mostly from Asia and a couple of North Americans. This species originates in Japan and is the source of florist's cut material.Lore:In China these plants are commonly known as Ch'Ang Chan.