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Astilbe japonica ‘Europa’

Europa is a striking astilbe, with full, puffy plumes of soft baby pink blossoms. It will make a lovely garden accent and it is also a top-notch cut flower that may be used either fresh or dried. “Europa” blossoms earlier in the season than many astilbes, usually in late May or early June. This makes it a good companion for pink bleeding hearts (Dicentra). This astilbe has nice fern-like, decorative foliage on a small, compact shrub like plant. Sure to be a terrific addition to any shade garden! This plant prefers rich, humusy but well-drained soil and light to moderate shade and is especially lovely when in deep shade.

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Plant Details +

Size 2-3 eye
Height 15-22"
Spacing 12-15"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full Shade to Partial Shade
Foliage Green, Fern-Like Leaves
Flower Light Pink Plumes
Bloomtime Late May-Early June

General Information +

Botanical: Astilbe japonica 'Europa'

Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)

Family: Saxifragaceae

General Characteristics: "Europa" is a clump forming type with the ability to fill in nicely. Big light pastel pink flower plumes are very feathery and full. 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).