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Astilbe thunbergii 'Straussenfeder'

False Spirea

Clumps of fern-like foliage with upright, plume-like flower stalks.

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Astilbe are a popular choice for shady gardens, where they perform well if given a rich, moist soil and regular watering. This taller selection features very distinctive, large, arching rose-pink, drooping plumes appearing in midsummer, over a bushy mound of lacy green leaves. Very elegant and quite different than typical Astilbe flowers. Beautiful near a water feature but also thrives in tubs and mixed containers. Fertilize in April and June. Excellent for cutting. Seed heads may be removed, or left on the plant for winter interest. Plants should be divided every 2 to 3 years, in early spring. Will tolerate full sun, in cool summer regions.

Height:

36-40 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

False Spirea Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. Follow a watering schedule for first growing season to establish your plant. Can divide clumps every 3-5 years in early spring if desired.

Astilbe thunbergii 'Straussenfeder' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Ground Cover
  • Mass Plant
  • Border
  • Container

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average