Bold structural native Astilbe for half shade or shade garden. One of the two only North American Astilbes.
3'-6' tall x 2' wide clumps (taller on rich moist soils). Compound leaves turn yellow in the fall. Large pyramidal inflorescenses contain many small whitish to pinkish flowers, blooms in late spring to early summer (late May to end of June-begin.of July)
Half shade, dappled shade, light shade are the best. Tolerates full shade. Humus rich soil with average moisture (medium) to medium-moist, acidic to neutral or slightly alkaline soils.
Likes consistent moisture, but is adaptable.
Hardy in zones 4 to 8.
Deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant. Attracts native bees and pollinators.
Reminds of Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard), but the terminal leaflet is lobbed, which is the key diagnostic feature.
Native to woodland slopes, rich forests, seeps. Native to GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV (see the BONAP distribution map).
Best combined with other shade loving perennials and grasses like Alchemilla, Bergenia, Brunnera, Dicentra, Helleborus, Hosta, Ligularia, Lilium martagon, Polygonatum, Primula, Tricyrtis, ferns and spring ephemerals like Mertensia, Trillium, Sanquinaria,... and grasses like Carex, Deschampsia, Molinia or Hakonechloa.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
Picture copyright : Mt. Cuba