Stunning feathery plumes of
spikes adorn the emerald saw-toothed foliage of this Astilbe like fiery flames.
Gardeners love the exotic romance Astilbe 'Fanal' brings to their landscape designs.
about bare root plants
(especially the paragraph about bare root grasses) so you know what to expect.
General information about Astilbe (False Spirea):
Hands down, the fernlike foliage and feathery tufts of
that Astilbe offers are some of the most delightful textures and colors you will ever find in a perennial
(or part shade)
If you have a water feature, Astilbe will stand tall as a foreground planting amidst other bog perennials.
Like a rooster with his feathers fanned out, the boa-like blossoms are simply breathtaking.
varieties of this
attracting perennial that flowers from June through September.
Your garden will explode with the soft, downy texture of vibrant blooms that can be left to dry, giving color and texture throughout the remainder of the season.
moderate growth rate
and willingness to grow in
Astilbe will reward you most handsomely if you place him in moist, peaty
You will find Astilbe is perfectly content in a bog habitat, along stream-banks or edging a pond where the flamboyant foliage and flowers reflect beautifully in water.
Astilbe is even willing to grow
(yes, even under walnut trees)
where it yields the effect of fluffy-frocked fairies dancing about the base of the tree.
Astilbe is dormant in winter;
deer tend to avoid
him, and will eventually spread to clumps almost 2 feet wide.
When planted closely together, you achieve a complete groundcover with wisps of fern-like foliage and downy blossoms.
or foreground plantings, Astilbes will literally become vivid brush-strokes of Renoir-like color across a shaded garden.
Things to Note
For the first year in the ground Astilbe may have only a few blooms.
Astilbe flower heads last longer if they are planted away from the afternoon sun. They tolerate full sun in zones 3-8 if soil is kept moist (the foliage will scorch if plant is in full sun in dry soil).
does not induce re-bloom, so leave the fading plumes as long as they have any ornamental interest.
Astilbe tends to brown out during shipment and has to
once it is planted.
As long as the roots and crowns are not mushy (which could happen if they got cooked during shipment in hot weather) they will be fine.
Astilbe species are native to Asia and North America.
Some varieties of Astilbe are native to the United States though these are not likely to be a cultivar of the native variety.
Astilbe is often referred to as 'false spirea' because it looks like Aruncus spirea.
When transplanting, please understand that growth will be stunted the first year. If planted after late spring you might lose ALL foliage; please rest assured that they they will bounce back with FULL foliage the next year.
When the dried seed heads are no longer attractive they can be removed so that the forest-green ferny foliage with mahogany stems can show itself to best effect.
For gorgeous color, elegant foliage and varied blooming time, try a trio of Astilbe,
Alternatively, for a mega-show of blossoms and rich foliage use the trio of
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06/02/2018 I planted under a large oak. They arrived very tiny. I planted them and watered frequently and I thought they all died! but the roots were alive so do not give up on these plants! The color is very rich. Would order again.
06/03/2017 Ordered and planted these last Fall. The bare root Astilbes looked so delicate that I was concerned about them surviving the winter. No need to worry. Every one came up strong when the weather warmed, survived several Spring frosts and all are... Read full review >
09/16/2016 planted all 25 that I purchased on a Thursday night, watered and left town and did not get back to check on them again until Tuesday evening. All but one seemed to be thriving, put some extra water on that one, it might still survive!!
09/16/2016 I'm always leery ordering live plants online, however, there are a few companies that always deliver healthy, happy specimens. Classy Groundcovers is one of those companies. Thank you.
11/04/2015 These arrived very healthy in a mix a sizes from rather large to small. However I did not carefully read the care section. These do not do well under pine trees. My fault.
I've removed the survivors and put them elsewhere. I expect them to recover well.