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Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder

Blooming in a big fountain of pink, this variety adds grace to the shady part of your yard. Sometimes called Ostrich Plume because of its dramatic draping plumes. (Astilbe thunbergii)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 32-36" tall, 20-26" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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SKU 33PER3
Common Name False Spirea
Botanical Name Astilbe thunbergii
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 20-26" 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 Green
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This is one of the incredibly elegant weeping Astilbes. Rising to almost three feet in shades of hot pink, the draping plumes of this famous hybrid create a truly dramatic scene against a background of dark shade. Often called Ostrich Plume because of its dramatic draping habit.

About Astilbes: 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 possibilities of moist, shaded American gardens. They are companions of ferns and our favorite annuals, impatiens--one 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, that's 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.

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  • Healthy (3)

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2.0

No Regrowth

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from Rochester, NY

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  • Attractive

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    Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

    I purchased these because they're absolutely beautiful in pictures and in other gardens. They grew well last year, and were beautiful. However, they're not showing any growth this year. I'm hoping this will change soon with the weather getting nicer. If not, I'll be bummed.

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    2.0

    Pretty

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    from Illinois

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    • Accurate Instructions
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      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

      very pretty, would look better planted in masses.

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      4.0

      Beautiful, but small

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      from Wilmington, DE

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Shady Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

      These are beautiful, but not quite as tall as I expected. The 3 feet is a bit too generous, more like 2 feet I'd say.

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      4.0

      What a show

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      from Des Moines, IA

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      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

      • Requires Gardening Experience

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        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

        Planted as a back stop to my new flower bed. It grew very quickly. I am excited to see the full color in the spring.

         
        5.0

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        from Marietta, GA

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          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

          my astible is looking good this year

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          5.0

          Plant, water, enjoy !!!!!

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          from Graham, N. Carolina

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

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            • Shaded areas

            Comments about American Meadows Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder:

            Planting this was exciting in my shady areas...
            But watching it flourish was amazing... I will order
            every color in the rainbow in my next order !
            Allison

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