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ASTILBE 'Feather Lake'

Image of Astilbe 'Feather Lake' ('Federsee')

Blooms of Bressingham

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Feather Lake' ('Federsee')

Plant Common Name

Astilbe, False Spirea, Feather Lake Astilbe

General Description

Astilbe is a stunning herbaceous perennial with fuzzy plumes that appear in summer on slender stems, following the emergence of ferny leaves that unfurl in spring. 'Feather Lake' ('Federsee') produces intense deep salmon-pink plumes in mid spring to early summer. Dried flowerheads retain garden interest through winter.

Astilbes generally prefer a partial shade location and fertile, well-drained soil. This hybrid however, will tolerate drier and sunnier locations than some of its counterparts. Plant in groups in shady, light woodland borders in combination with blue leaf hostas and assorted ferns or use as edging.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm (32)

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm (24)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Hot Pink, Salmon

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark 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

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No