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Astilbe chinensis 'Crispa Perkeo'

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Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Crispa Perkeo
Additional cultivar information: (aka Perkeo)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

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

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Dark/Black
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Leathery-Textured

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive sanannie On Dec 3, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

This cute, dwarf Astilbe has very dark green, crinkly green leaves that feel almost crispy. Unusual but worth searching for. It gets no more than 10" high in my garden. As with most other Astilbes, it doesn't like to dry out.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 30, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This astilbe you grow for the foliage. The plant is overall quite dwarf with narrow, dense spikes of deep pink flowers in late summer. The foliage, however, is the selling feature. The leaves are very dark green, shiny and quite stiff. In fact, the foliage looks and nearly feels like its made of plastic! Grow this one near the front of the border where people can touch it and be amazed it's an astilbe.

Regional...

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

Old Lyme, Connecticut
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania



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