Astilbe chinensis var. pumila

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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(Astilbe chinensis var. pumila)
ah-STILL-bee chin-EN-sis
Genus:  Astilbe

This is a dwarf astilbe with attractive red-green leaves and reddish pink flowers in broad, dense conical groups. Its blooms appear mostly in summer.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

This plant is great in damp borders, waterside beds, woodland gardens, or shady rock gardens. It's grown primarily for its striking plume-like flowers.

Care: 

Avoid dry, alkaline, or clay soils.

Propagation: 

Divide clumps in early spring. Replant immediately or pot up and plant in early summer.

Problems: 

Tarnished plant bug, powdery mildew, bacterial leaf spots, Cercospora leaf spots.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila