James H. Schutte
Plant Common Name
Astilbe, False Spirea, Fanal False Spirea
Astilbe is a stunning herbaceous perennial with fuzzy plumes that appear in summer on slender stems, following the emergence of frondlike leaves that unfurl in spring. 'Fanal' is a hybrid favorite and lengthy bloomer that produces intense garnet-red plumes in late spring to mid summer. Dried flowerheads retain garden interest through winter.
Astilbe plants prefer a partial shade location and fertile, well-drained soil. This hybrid will tolerate drier and sunnier locations. Plant in groups in shady, light woodland borders in combination with blue leaf hostas and assorted ferns or use as edging.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall