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Astilbe chinensis 'Finale'
Item AB171

'Finale' is a compact variety, which features a 4-6" tall, bronze-green foliage mound and narrow panicles of very fluffy, pale mauve pink flowers on 15-18" tall stems in early to mid-summer. One of the last astilbes to bloom, 'Finale' makes an excellent season extender to ensure that your shady garden areas are colorful for weeks during the summer. This clump forming perennial serves a great groundcover, with finely cut leaves and a flowering period can be extended by removing faded blooms.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Chinese astilbes are generally noted, however, for having better sun and drought tolerance than other species of astilbe. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).
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Size: 2-3 eye • Hardiness: Zones 4-8 • Flower: Mauve-Pink Plumes

Common: Astilbe (False Spirea) • Family: Saxifragaceae

Botanical: Astilbe chinensis 'Finale' • Bloomtime: Late-Season

Foliage: Shiny Bronze-Green, Fern-Like Leaves • Height: 15-18"

Exposure: Shade to Partial Shade • Spacing: 12–18"

Pests: No serious insect or disease problems. Foliage decline (leaves brown up) may occur in hot summers and/or periods of drought if soils are not kept moist. Although Chinese astilbes have better drought tolerance than most other astilbes, they still do best with uniformly moist soils.

Notes: Chinese astilbes are slowly spreading, rhizomatous plants which bloom later than the arendsii hybrids and generally feature hairy, doubly serrate, elliptic-oval, 3-ternate leaflets.

Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. Site lacy astilbes near full foliage plants like hostas for an appealing contrast in forms. They are clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems.

Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).


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