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Astilbe x crispa 'Perkeo'
Astilbe, Perkeo Astilbe
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A hardy perennial worthy of incorporating into any small-scale or fairy garden design is the dwarf astilbe. Small rosy pink flowerheads and low-growing, crinkled green foliage make 'Perkeo' a particularly stunning small plant. This hybrid astilbe has origins in the early 20th century from efforts by Georg Arends of Ronsdorf, Germany.
Short mounds of dark green, twice divided, fern-like leaves grow from thick, brown rhizomes (lateral underground stems). The showy, pyramidal flowerheads appear in summer above the leaves. Blooms are deep rose to rosy pink.
This hardy perennial is noted for its longevity and adaptability. It grows best when provided partial sun to shade and moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Once established, 'Perkeo' is quite low maintenance but is always moisture-loving. The spent flowers can be removed or left to dry. Once dry, the plumes are rich brown, hold up well and add winter interest to the garden. It is at best a short-lived plant in hotter summer regions or where seasonal dryness diminishes the foliage in the shade. Deer and rabbits do not eat this plant.
Dwarf astilbe is an effective perennial for massing as a low woodland groundcover or trickling among rocks. It also mixes well in the foreground of other perennials for moist shade such as Japanese painted fern and variegated sedges. Astilbes also make good cut flowers for bouquets.
8 - 2
4 - 9
A2, A3, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Early Summer, Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Dark Green, Bronze
Cutflower, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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