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ASTILBE 'Rock and Roll'

Image of Astilbe 'Rock and Roll' PP14855

Mary S. Thomas

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Rock and Roll' PP14855

Plant Common Name

Rock and Roll Astilbe

General Description

This astilbe, ‘Rock and Roll’ is a herbaceous perennial grown for its tolerance of shade, dependable bloom, spikes of flowers, and dark, dense ferny foliage. The spikes have a branching habit, a bit like a Christmas tree. Tiny, closely packed flowers clothe the spikes, transforming them into soft, billowing plumes. One plant may produce several, making a cloud of bloom above the leaves. A member of the Music Series, ‘Rock and Roll’ blooms with white flowers in mid through late summer. Deadhead the plant after the first flush of flowers; you may be rewarded with a second bloom in autumn.

Astilbes prefer partial shade and fertile, well-drained, moist soil. Plant ‘Rock and Roll’with other members of the Music Series such as 'Jump and Jive' and 'Drums and Bass' in a shady, woodland border. Like most astilbes it also is a good companion for hostas and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • 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

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (20)

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm (20)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • 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

    Yes

  • 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, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No