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ASTILBE chinensis 'Heart and Soul'

Image of Astilbe chinensis 'Heart and Soul' PP16451

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE chinensis 'Heart and Soul' PP16451

Plant Common Name

Chinese Astilbe, Chinese False Spirea, Heart and Soul Chinese Astilbe

General Description

The vigorous patented Astilbe ‘Heart and Soul’ has a uniform compact habit and neat upright plumes of pale lavender-pink flowers. The fabulous feathery pyramidal blooms have a distinctive blue-caste making them bluest of all astilbes. They appear in late spring to summer above compact mounds of dark green, ferny, compound leaves.

Chinese in origin, this hardy perennial is surprisingly heat and sun-tolerant and noted for its adaptability. Still, it grows best when provided partial sun to shade and moist, rich, well-drained soil. Once established, it is low maintenance. The spent flowers can be removed or left to dry. Once dry, the plumes are rich brown, hold up well and add winter interest to the garden.

This is an ideal perennial for massing. It also mixes well with other perennials for moist shade such as Japanese painted fern and variegated sedges.

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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No