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Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’

Astilbe ‘Maggie Daley’ has extremely dense and fizzy, bright pink-lavender plumes. These plumes rise above the deeply incised, handsome dark green foliage that is rather coarsely textured. This Astilbe puts on quite a wonderful show, in the garden, from mid to late summer. Although preferring a moist soil, this species tolerates drier conditions than most other astilbes. It is a robust and somewhat drought resistant plant that is similar to Astilbe ‘Visions’ but almost a foot taller! It is deer-resistant and good for cutting. Astilbes, as a group, are one of the most colorful of all shade garden plants.

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Plant Details +

Size 2-3 eye
Height 28"
Spacing 18-24"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full Shade to Partial Shade
Foliage Dark Green, Fern-Like Leaves
Flower Bright Pink-Lavender Plumes
Bloomtime Mid-Late Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Astilbe (False Spirea)

Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)

Family: Saxifragaceae

General Characteristics: Dark foliage remains attractive all summer. Long-lived perennial to add color to shady areas. Excellent for naturalistic plantings in wooded areas. Faded flowers turn bronze and remain attractive into the fall. Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. 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/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Foliage decline (leaf margins brown up), sometimes with significant dieback, may occur in hot summers and/or periods of drought if soils are not kept moist.

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).