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Astilbe 'Erica'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Astilbe-Hybrid
Common Name (Alternative): False Spirea

  • Light heather pink plumes have a narrow triangular shape

  • Blooms in midsummer

  • Deep red stems in an upright, bushy, branching habit

  • Bronze-red new foliage turns deep green by the end of summer

A member of Astilbe x arendsii (Hybrid Astilbe/False Spirea). A group of hybrids developed by famed German nurseryman George Arends. Includes crosses between A. chinensis var. davidii with A. astilboides, A. japonica, and A. thunbergii. The resulting hybrids comprise over 95% of all Astilbe sold in the USA.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  32 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Other (see description)
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?:
  Midsummer
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

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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Heuchera 'Stormy Seas' COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Ice' PP12538
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aconitum carmichaelii 'Pink Sensation' PP12661 CPBR1810
Common Name: Monkshood-Azure
4,5,6,7,8
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Hosta 'Blue Angel'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Iris sibirica 'Gull's Wing'
Common Name: Iris-Siberian
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Dicentra eximia
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fringed
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.