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ASTILBE 'Pink Lightning'

Image of Astilbe 'Pink Lightning' PP11963

Jesse Saylor

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Pink Lightning' PP11963

Plant Common Name

Astilbe, False Spirea, Pink Lightning Astilbe

General Description

The vigorous and compact Astilbe ‘Pink Lightening’ offers huge, feathery, pale pink plumes in summer. This free-flowering cultivar was bred in The Netherlands by Wim van Veen.

The light airy pink plumes of Pink Lightening’ first appear in midsummer. They are highly attractive to bees and butterflies and play nicely against its ferny, glossy, dark green leaves. This clump forming perennial is quite hardy and spreads slowly by rhizomes. It is a vigorous hybrid with Astible simplicifolia in its parentage. Its spent blooms turn to brown when they set fruit and will remain architectural and attractive through winter if left uncut.

This favorite easy to grow perennial prefers partial shade and fertile, moist soil. If well-irrigated it will tolerate full sun. Divide its clumps every few years if they become crowded. This tall Astilbe is well-suited to shady gardens and looks best when planted in groups or mixed with other perennials. Plant it with other shade-loving perennials that offer floral and foliar interest later in the season. Its beautiful floral plumes are long-lasting when cut for garden fresh arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late 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

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • 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