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PlantFiles: False Spirea, Japanese Astilbe, Star Astilbe
Astilbe simplicifolia 'Darwin's Snow Sprite'

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Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: simplicifolia (sim-plik-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Darwin's Snow Sprite

Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative mountainviewer On Jun 30, 2014, mountainviewer from Fort Collins, CO wrote:

I would like to grow this but I think it just takes too much water for the Northern Colorado climate. I have tried and they always die. They look very pretty in pictures though. This is probably a good plant for places with more rain.

Positive jabes On Apr 3, 2005, jabes from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

This plant is the backbone of my garden. During construction, several of them got run over by trucks, people, pieces of roofing etc -- and yet there was still one plant sitting there amongst the tire track ruts, healthy and very much alive. How can you not love this guy? I do not consider at as a drop-dead specimen plant, but such a great addition to any planting.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Be sure to cut back faded flower stalks. Extra water may be needed in dry periods. Divide after 3-4 years in spring or fall. Astilbe requires a lot of nutrients, so give it some fertilizer at least once per growing season.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tenafly, New Jersey
Stoughton, Wisconsin



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