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Astilbe simplicifolia Key West

Pink Astilbe simplicifolia Key West, Astilbe simplicifolia, False Spirea



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This Dwarf Astilbe is perfect for a bold splash of color in a small space or border garden. The gorgeous pink plumes light up in the shade, set against against deep, burgundy foliage. (Astilbe simplicifolia)

Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-14" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer

Plant Information

Named after the famous Key West pink (bright, bright pink) that derives from the beautiful hue on the inside of the Queen Conch shell, this plant literally lights up any shady area. (The Queen Conch is the symbol of Floridas Southernmost island city.)

Easy to grow, tough and hardy, astilbes are now a mainstay in all good perennial gardens. In fact, American gardeners are in the midst of a passionate love affair with astilbes. Native to the far east, these beautiful plants and their hybrids have revolutionized the perennial possibilites of moist, shaded American gardens. Astilbes are companions of ferns and impatiens--some of the few flowers that make big color in full or partial shade.

The vast majority of the scores of hybrids now available are the work of one man, master hybridizer Georg Arends (Yes, thats why you keep seeing arendsii tacked onto hybrid names.) Mr. Arends, working in Ronsdorf, Germany spent decades hybridizing sedums, phlox, campanulas....and his first love, astilbes. In 1933, Arends introduced 74 different astilbe cultivars, and there have been hundreds since.

These plume-flowered plants have ultra-handsome fern-like foliage, (usually dark glossy green) and stiff stems that always hold the elegant plumes aloft without any staking. Flower arrangers find the flower plumes are just as handsome in a vase as in a garden.

From tiny dwarfs to big draping hybrids, astilbes are all quite easy to grow, as long as their ground does not dry out for long. They must have plenty of moisture, so choose your locations carefully.

Associated SKUs
235PER (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
16FASTILBE3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name False Spirea
Botanical Name Astilbe simplicifolia
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 12-14" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Burgundy
Foliage Rich burgundy foliage.
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Plants for Small Spaces
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


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American MeadowsAstilbe simplicifolia Key West

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Perfect Border Planting


from Central Vermont

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  • Colorful Plumage
  • Flowers Long-lasting
  • Hard to find elsewhere


    Best Uses

    • Border Plantings
    • Rock gardens

    Comments about American Meadows Astilbe simplicifolia Key West:

    American Meadows is the ONLY place I found these. I had one before and have planted these new ones as border plantings in our astilbe bed of 50 plants. Contrasts very well with white and red astilbes.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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