In late spring, lavender-pink flowers rise above this plant’s lacy, fernlike foliage, which forms an airy network beneath. The blooms appear a bit later than typical for other astilbes, and they extend later into summer. ‘Maggie Daley’ is moderately drought tolerant once established. Pair it with Japanese painted fern ( Athyrium niponicum var. pictum , Zones 5–8) for a beautiful combination. And deer and rabbit resistance is the pièce de résistance! -Kielian DeWitt, Fine Gardening #147 (Octover 2012), page 76
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSprays of light-pink flowers in shade; drought-tolerant.
CareProvide moist, fertile soil or boggy sites in full sun. Also tolerates drier soils in partial shade with extra water during dry spells. Avoid dry alkaline or clay soils.
PropagationDivide clumps in early spring. Replant immediately or pot up and plant in early summer.
ProblemsTarnished plant bug, powdery mildew, bacterial leaf spots, Cercospora leaf spots.
- Genus : Astilbe
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
- Foliage Color : Green
- Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
- Maintenance : Low
- Light : Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Uses : Shade
- Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest