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October 17, 2017

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False Spirea 'Ostrich Plume (Straussenfeder)'
Astilbe thunbergii 
 

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Zone: 4 to 9
Perennial
Vitals
EXPOSURE
Full Sun to Full Shade
BLOOM SEASON
Blooms mid-summer to late summer
SIZE
30"
24"-28"
GREENHOUSE
LOCATION
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Cultivar Notes - 'Ostrich Plume (Straussenfeder)'
Rich coral-rose, arching plumes are very large, open, and drooping; very different than typical astilbe flowers. Blooms are presented on tall stems above the glaucous foliage. Absolutely magnificent when full grown, especially near a water feature.
Genus Notes - Astilbe
If you're looking for summer color in shade, you need Astilbes. They produce feathery plumes in red, white, and pink after most other shade plants have finished flowering. For best results, plant in soil that doesn't dry out completely. Astilbe produce large plumes in varius sizes and shapes. Each plume consists of hundreds of tiny flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of bloom. Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets. Astilbe grow best in moist soils and semi-shade. Will tolerate more sun with adequate moisture. Excellent for the woodland garden. Plant in mass for a stunning display.
Species Notes - Astilbe thunbergii
Very tall and late blooming Astilbe with distinctive open and drooping flower plumes.

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