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Astilbe 'Rheinland'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese

  • Clear rose-pink flowers are held in large, diamond-shaped panicles

  • Blooms in early summer; very floriferous and vigorous

  • Large, bold, mid-green foliage

  • One of the best early pink astilbes

A member of Astilbe japonica (Japanese Astilbe). A species characterized by an early bloom time and glossy green leaves often tinged with red. Flowers are produced in dense, pyramidal clusters.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  24 Inches
Spread:
  16-20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there.

Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop.

Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow' ('Winterglut')
Common Name: Bergenia-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Common Name: Fern-Japanese Painted
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Dicentra eximia
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fringed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Common Name: Bugleweed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Hosta 'Hadspen Blue'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

The word "Astilbe" probably means "without showiness" in Greek, referring to the original flowers from China. Today's hybrids are definitely showy!

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.