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ASTILBE 'Showstar Mix'

Image of Astilbe 'Showstar Mix' (SHOWSTAR SERIES)

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Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Showstar Mix'( SHOWSTAR SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Astilbe, False Spirea, ShowStar Mix False Spirea

General Description

Among the best and prettiest perennials for shade, plants in 'Showstar Mix' have upright branches and glossy, dark-green, ferny leaves. In summer tall stems rise above the plants, topped by branched flower spikes that look a bit like Christmas trees. Tiny, closely packed flowers clothe the spikes, transforming them into feathery plumes in colors ranging from white to deep rose. The flowers can persist for weeks after they dry, looking attractive thanks to their shape. Cutting back spent flower stems can prompt the growth of new stems and a second flush of bloom in autumn.

Like most astilbes, these prefer partial sun to partial shade and well-drained soil that is steadily moist. They also bloom well in containers. Use them for summer bloom in shade beds, borders and woodlands, singly or massed as a groundcover. They are handsome mingled with hostas and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No