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False Spirea, Japanese Astilbe, Star Astilbe '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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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

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


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:


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.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

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


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.