False Spirea, Japanese Astilbe, Star Astilbe 'Darwin's Snow Sprite'

Astilbe simplicifolia

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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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


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

Tenafly, New Jersey

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.