Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard '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: Sprite
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Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Indianapolis, Indiana

Louisville, Kentucky

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Greene, New York

Walterville, Oregon

Butler, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Bellingham, Washington

Ferndale, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Lake Forest Park, Washington

Hartford, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 10, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Perennial Plant Association (US) named this the 1994 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Positive

On May 4, 2015, CharlysGardenPl from Ferndale, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Says needs consistently moist conditions, but this plant can take a lot of abuse. Have seen one in pot for two summers, forgotten and watered infrequently during August, and made it through a few winter freezes (in the pot, mind you). It may die back, but it comes back by May every spring.

Neutral

On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Shorter than most at 12" - plant 14" apart. Blooms from mid to late summer with pink blossoms. The foliage is a bronze-green.

Neutral

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.

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