Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A natural for soft-looking vertical statements, it’s distinguished by spectacular feathery plumes rising above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. Its hardiness belies its lovely delicate form. Rewarding you with oodles of cut flowers, these easily grown, unflappable perennials prefer to lounge in cool moisture-retentive soil with sun to dappled shade.
Winner of the 1994 Perennial Plant of the Year award plus the 1993 AGM, this long-loved Alan Bloom introduction is championed for its drooping, widely spaced shell-pink panicles and urbane, lustrous dwarf habit. Parented by Astilbe simplicifolia and Astilbe glaberrima saxatiles, ‘Sprite’s arching, airy array of star-shaped flowers lingers all summer above dense, fine textured fern-like greenery with bronze hues. Later, spent blooms morph into ornamental rust-colored seed heads, lending cozy late season allure.
Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Astilbe x arendsii ‘Augustleuchten’
- Astilbe chinensis ‘Finale’
- Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’
- Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’
- Astilbe chinensis var. Taquetii ‘Superba’
- Astilbe x crispa ‘Perkeo’
- Astilbe ‘Ellie’
- Astilbe ‘Flamingo’
- Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’
- Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Hennie Graafland’
- Astilbe x ‘Snowdrift’