Very strong flower scapes hold hot pink plumes that do not require staking. An Astilbe chinensis hybrid, which means it tolerates a little more sun and drought tolerance.
Plant Type: Perennial
Height Category: Medium
Garden Height: 25 – 28 Inches
Spacing: 12 – 18 Inches
Spread: 12 – 18 Inches
Flower Colors: Pink
Flower Shade: Hot pink
Foliage Colors: Green
Foliage Shade: Green
Container Role: Thriller
Light Requirement: Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: Easy
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: Consistent
Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil
Soil PH Category: Acidic Soil
Uses: Border Plant
Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there.
Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement–lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop.
Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant.
‘Rise and Shine’ Astilbe hybrid