- Leaves: Foliage is deeply lobed, almost fern-like and airy.
- Flowers: Feathery plumes of flower clusters are born on tall stalks above the foliage. Flowers come in shades of white, pink, and red. Flowers stay in bloom several weeks and slowly fade in color as they dry.
Common Name(s): False Spiraea, Meadowsweet
Bloom Period/Days to Harvest:
Pests & Problems: Astilbes are virtually trouble free, bothered by few diseases or insects.
Maintenance: Extremely little maintenance is required. No staking or deadheading is necessary. The flower heads will dry on the plant and remain attractive for many months.
The flowers can be cut whenever they start to look ragged or left up for winter interest and cut back in the spring.
Divide every 4-5 years, to keep the plants healthy.
A. arendsii 'Bridal Veil' - Mid to late season bloomer with full white plumes (3')
A. arendsii 'Fanal' - blooms early with blood red flowers on bronze foliage (1' - 2')
A. arendsii 'Rheinland' - Another early bloomer in a rich pink, very hardy (2- 3')
A. chinensis taquetii 'Purple Candles' - Deep purple, chenille-like plumes ( 3'- 4')