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Astilbe japonica Deutschland

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Deutschland’s pure white plumes illuminate the shade garden. This favorite Astilbe gets its name from Germany, where it was hybridized. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 20-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
SKU 30PER3

Plant Information

This is one of the must-have Astilbes. Especially since these plants grow in shade, the striking contrast of snow white plumes is always a treat.

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.

Associated SKUs
30PERG
30PER3 (Bag of 3)
30FPER3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
30PER30 (Bag of 30) - Out of stock.
Common Name False Spirea
Botanical Name Astilbe japonica
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" 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 Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsAstilbe japonica Deutschland
 
3.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

  • Small in size (5)

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful!

I planted 36 Astilbe in my front yard and within 3 days the ferny leaves were unfurling! They have grown extremely well and flowered somewhat, though I wasn't really expecting flowers any until next...Read complete review

I planted 36 Astilbe in my front yard and within 3 days the ferny leaves were unfurling! They have grown extremely well and flowered somewhat, though I wasn't really expecting flowers any until next year. The colors are beautiful and I will be purchasing more next month to plant this fall.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I am so disappointed

I bought these astilbe for my husband's Father's Day present because he loves them. I planted them in a prepared bed with amended soil. And I saw ONE -- teeny tiny trying to...Read complete review

I bought these astilbe for my husband's Father's Day present because he loves them. I planted them in a prepared bed with amended soil. And I saw ONE -- teeny tiny trying to grow astilbe. Maybe some varsity decided that the bulbs were too tasty. All I know is that my Father's Day gift was a dud. :(

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2.0

I am so disappointed

By 

from Oxford, MS

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    • Pests & Disease
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

      I bought these astilbe for my husband's Father's Day present because he loves them. I planted them in a prepared bed with amended soil. And I saw ONE -- teeny tiny trying to grow astilbe. Maybe some varsity decided that the bulbs were too tasty. All I know is that my Father's Day gift was a dud. :(

       
      4.0

      I would buy again

      By 

      from Charlotte NC

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

      Planted in full shade, put on drip and it bloomed.

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      • Personal
       
      3.0

      Not Critter Proof

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      from Louisville, KY

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy
      • Showy

      Cons

      • Pests & Disease

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

      Two astilbes were planted in the fall and bloomed impressively and unexpectedly before winter. By summertime, the only sign that they were ever in the ground is the markers signifying their location. Wildlife must have found them appetizing.

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      4.0

      Love Astibles

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      from Monroeville, Ohio

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        Use the astilbes in my shade gardens and they are beautiful

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Reliable Shade performer

        By 

        from Missouri

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        Plants arrived looking dubious but perked up right away and are doing well in mixed shade, sun.

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        • Personal
         
        4.0

        Show stopper

        By 

        from Missouri

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        Lovely plants w reliable blooming--a tad flimsy but expect that they will gain depth and expand w time.

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        • Personal
         
        2.0

        lovely, it would look better planted in masses

        By 

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        As I stated before, they would stand out more planted in masses. Maybe next year.

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        • Personal
         
        3.0

        first season lots of green

        By 

        from N. Georgia

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        Pros

        • Afternoon Sun Tolerant
        • Lacy Folage
        • VERY green

        Cons

        • Few Blooms 1st Season

        Best Uses

        • Cover Old Dafodil Folage

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        First season planted they came up well and filled out very green and lacy. They are getting more sun in the afternoon than I thought they would. Only one of my 3 bloomed but I have high hopes for next season.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Perfect for Shady Areas

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        from Takoma Park, MD

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        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        They filled in nicely in a hard-to-plant shady area.

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        • No
         
        4.0

        Pleasant surprise

        By 

        from MO

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

        These bareroot planst arrived looking pretty dry, but all three emerged promptly and bloomed well: a pleasant surprise.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Stunning in the Garden

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        from Barre, VT

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        Pros

        • Color Is Vivid And Pops
        • Perfect In A White Garden
        • Vigorous grower

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All White Garden
          • Dark Shady Spot For Colo

          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

          It adds color to our shade garden. Also it pops among other plantings especially at dusk as the light fades.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Astibles

          By 

          from gresham, Oregon

          Pros

            Cons

            • No Flowers First Year

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

              I put these between two fir trees. All the whites came up, but didn't flower. All the pinks died. I'm guessing that the whites will flower next year.

               
              5.0

              Beautiful!

              By 

              from Atlanta, Georgia

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              Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

              I planted 36 Astilbe in my front yard and within 3 days the ferny leaves were unfurling! They have grown extremely well and flowered somewhat, though I wasn't really expecting flowers any until next year. The colors are beautiful and I will be purchasing more next month to plant this fall.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not for South Mississippi!

              By 

              from Petal, MS

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              Pros

              • Came out well

              Cons

              • Never bloomed
              • Never had good foliage

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

                I placed in a shade bed and watered regularly. I think our temperatures here are too high.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Astilbes rule

                By 

                from Fairfax, va

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                Pros

                • Survivors

                Cons

                • not enough

                Best Uses

                • Great in shade

                Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

                These guys were not planted in a timely manner. Months after receiving them I put them in a pot, not in the ground, and they are growing like crazy!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Never flowered

                By 

                from Tidewater, VA

                Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Deutschland:

                Sterile?

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