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Sprite Dwarf Astilbe

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Pronunciation: a-STIL-bee sim-PLIK-ee-FOH-lee-uh
SKU #00353
4-9

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OVERVIEW
Description A delightful dwarf Astilbe, excellent for use in containers, as an edging and in foreground plantings in shade to dappled sun. Deer resistant. Feathery, soft, shell pink plumes are held above bronze green foliage in summer. Herbaceous perennial.
Light Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Watering Keep soil evenly moist.
Blooms Midsummer
Mature Size Foliage reaches 12 in. tall, 24 in. wide; up to 18 in. tall in bloom.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Attracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Clumping
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container
Design Ideas Dwarf astilbe is a natural edging but it can also be used in masses to intensify its color visibility. Add to perennial borders for front end interest. Incorporate into woodland compositions to provide textural variation. Provides beautiful contrast in front of the lustrously green shrub Himalayan Sarcococca (Sarcococca hookeriana humilis) with its fragrant white flowers, or alternated along a border with Bennerup Blue Siberian Iris
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Sweet Box (Saarcococca); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta)
CARE
Care Follow 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.
HISTORY
Lore 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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