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Growing: Astilbe

Botanical Name: Astilbe
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 6" to 4'
Exposure: partial shade, or morning sun and afternoon shade
Soil: rich, well-drained, constantly moist soil
Hardiness: zones 4-9
Bloom Time: summer
Flower: feather-like plumes in pink, violet, red, and white
Foliage: green
Propagation: division in early spring
Suggested Use: shady paths, borders, bouquets, dried flowers, and edges
Growing Hints: Purchase a nursery raised pot containing numerous plants and divide them up when you plant them. For the first summer give them extra attention (i.e. lots of water and compost mulch) and you'll have plenty of new plants to divide again in the spring.
Interesting Facts: Deer generally avoid astilbes. They make great companions when planted with Hostas, Lady's Mantle, Wintercreeper, Echinacea, Siberian Irises, Solomon's Seal, Lungwort and Meadow Rue.
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