Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A showy group of herbaceous perennials, full and fluffy spires of spectacular feathery plumes rise above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. A natural for bold, vertical statements, its hardiness belies its delicate form. All prefer to lounge in cool, moisture-retentive soil, with partial to full shade (inland). One of the best perennials for woodland plantings, they’re also lovely cut flowers.
Winner of the 1994 Perennial Plant of the Year award plus the 1993 AGM, this long-loved Alan Bloom introduction is championed for its drooping, widely spaced shell-pink panicles and urbane, lustrous dwarf habit. Parented by Astilbe simplicifolia and Astilbe glaberrima saxatiles, ‘Sprite’s arching, airy array of star-shaped flowers lingers all summer above dense, fine textured fern-like greenery with bronze hues. Later, spent blooms morph into ornamental rust-colored seed heads, lending cozy late season allure.
Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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