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PlantFiles: False Spirea, Japanese Astilbe, Star Astilbe
Astilbe simplicifolia 'Pink Lightning'

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: Pink Lightning

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GardenDroid On Apr 19, 2011, GardenDroid from Puyallup, WA wrote:

I purchased three of these last year during a fall clearance sale at my local Portland Ave Nursery. I assumed the bloom time was long since spent and that I was effectively buying root clumps for the next year's enjoyment. Imagine my delight when, after potting them up and sticking them out by the half shade corner under the tree, they got a second wind and put out another round of beautiful pink and white plumes, in September! I'm currently watching clusters of new furry red shoots darting out in every direction; I'm confident they'll perform perfectly in my PNW conditions. They tolerate the sun and neglectful watering quite well, I should add. If you see any of this variety for sale, snap them up!


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

Conway, Arkansas
Shingletown, California
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Clayton, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Des Moines, Iowa
Andover, Massachusetts
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Franklin, North Carolina
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
Ahtanum, Washington
South Hill, Washington

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