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ASTILBE 'Amerika'

Image of Astilbe 'Amerika'

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Amerika'

Plant Common Name

Amerika Astilbe, Astilbe, False Spirea

General Description

Mid-sized and free-flowering, astilbe ‘Amerika’ is an herbaceous perennial grown for its tolerance of shade, dependable bloom, plush spikes of flowers, and dark, dense ferny foliage. The spikes grow at the top of slender upright stems and have a branching habit that looks a bit like a Christmas tree. Tiny, closely packed, coral-pink flowers clothe the spikes, transforming them into soft, billowing plumes that wave in the breeze. One plant may produce several stems, making a cloud of bloom high above the leaves in mid through late summer. Deadhead the plant after the first flush of flowers; you may be rewarded with a second flush of bloom in autumn.

Like most astilbes, ‘Amerika’ prefers partial shade and fertile, well-drained, moist soil and is almost never eaten by deer and rabbits. Plant it in a shady bed, border, or woodland, with hostas and ferns for companions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Coral

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No