Pumila Astilbe

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A fine choice for moist shady soil, particularly when used as a groundcover, ‘Pumila’ Astilbe will light up your garden in late summer with slender, feathery plumes of lavender pink. The finely dissected, fern-like foliage of this Chinese dwarf variety is low growing and spreads rapidly via rhizomes. Blooms later than other astilbes. (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila)
Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Easy To Grow
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 9-12" tall , 9-12" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizeBag of 3

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.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
9-12” tall x 9-12” wide. If you’re looking for an astilbe that can brighten a dull shady corner without taking up too much room, ‘Pumila’ may be exactly what you’re searching for. In late summer, frothy reddish-pink flowers are held above deep green/burgundy foliage and last for weeks. They’ll eventually dry in place and create fall and winter interest if not deadheaded. ‘Pumila’ spreads via rhizomes – great news for the gardener dividing plants and creating shady beds, but its low growth habit means that it can also create a low-maintenance groundcover for shady areas that might otherwise struggle for color late in the season. Astilbes prefer soil on the moist, acidic side and do well near the banks of streams or ponds or at the edge of a woodland garden. They also make good cut flowers for indoor vases, and pair well with Japanese anemones and variegated hosta.
More Information
Item Package Size
Bag of 3
Common Name
Pumila Chinese Astilbe
Botanical Name
Astilbe chinensis Pumila
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
4-8" flowers
Mature Height
9-12" tall
Mature Spread
9-12" wide
Growth Rate
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
Dark green fern-like leaves.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
bare root
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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