Astilbe, False Spirea

Astilbe species
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Botanical Name

Astilbe

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

12 to 48 inches

Width

12 to 24 inches

Flowers

Early to late summer: white, pink, salmon, red, lavender

Light

Full to part shade

Soil

Moist, organic, well-drained

Planting and Care

Slow to establish, space smaller varieties 12 to 15 inches apart and larger varieties 24 inches apart, cut foliage back after late spring frost or drought, avoid wet feet in winter, leave foliage for winter protection, divide every 3 to 4 years

Problems

None serious, mildew, wilt, Japanese beetle, black vine weevil

Varieties to Consider

Color Flash TM - Colorful foliage, more sun tolerant

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