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Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite’

Simplicifolia ‘Sprite’ has pink-peach, graceful, arching plumes. Deep, rich green foliage is finely dissected, and crinkly-edged. ‘Sprite’ is a dwarf variety which features a foliage mound to only 10″ tall and it is defiantly an eye catcher. Open, airy panicles of star-like flowers are followed by rust-colored, ornamental seed heads which provide a few additional months of interest. Slower grower but definitely worth the wait! This perennial thrives in moist, shady locations and is popular for border plantings or alongside water areas.

Perennial Plant of the Year 1994!

Availability

# Description Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
AB270BAG Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite' 15 $35.75
AB270-1
AB270-2

Plant Details +

Size 1-2 eye
Height 15-18"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Shade. Will not flower as well in deep shade. Full sun will be tolerated in cool climates if the plants are kept well watered.
Foliage Dense, dark green or bronze, fern-like
Flower Fluffy plumes of pink-peach
Bloomtime Mid-late

General Information +

Botanical: Astilbe

Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)

Family: Saxifragaceae

General Characteristics: refers a moist, slightly acidic, rich humus soil away from afternoon sun. Wilting and dying back can be avoided in hot, dry periods with ample irrigation. Periodically feed with a 5-10-5 fertilizer following label instructions. You can also mulch with well composted manure over Winter. Divide every 3-5 years. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds and is a good cut flower. The flowers and foliage of the Astilbe are good for cutting and may be used in fresh floral arrangements. The flowers are good for drying. In order to keep Astilbe looking good for the next year, do not cut it back in the winter, (the old foliage helps protect the plant from winter damage), but prune in early spring. Astilbe can be used in perennial borders or shade gardens with Hostas and Ferns and alongside water areas.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Slug resistant, deer resistant, resistant to walnut toxicity. Bothered by Japanese beetles and spider mites.

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.