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ASTILBE 'Vesuvius'

Image of Astilbe 'Vesuvius' (Japonica Group)

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBE 'Vesuvius'( Japonica Group)

Plant Common Name

Japanese Astilbe, Japanese False Spirea, Vesuvius False Spirea

General Description

One of many early-blooming hybrids of the East Asian species Astilbe japonica, 'Vesuvius' is a clump-forming perennial grown for its large, feathery, deep-pink flower clusters in late spring and early summer. They arise on slender stems above ferny clumps of lustrous rich green foliage.

Astilbes in the Japonica Group prefer partial shade and moist, fertile, well-drained soil, but can tolerate drier and sunnier locations. This low-maintenance perennial looks best when planted in groups or mixed with other perennials for shade like Japanese painted fern and hostas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm (24)

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Dark Red

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No