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False Spirea 'Visions'
Astilbe chinensis 
 

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Zone: 4 to 9
Perennial
Vitals
EXPOSURE
Full Sun to Full Shade
BLOOM SEASON
Blooms early summer to mid-autumn
SIZE
14"-16"
12"-15"
GREENHOUSE
LOCATION
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Cultivar Notes - 'Visions'
Raspberry red plumes are sweetly fragrant with a dense, pyramidal shape. Blooms in midsummer. Large, clear green leaves with a coarse texture. A dwarf selection.
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 chinensis
This group is often the last Astilbe to bloom. Plants are generally more heat and drought tolerant, lending themselves to areas where other Astilbe fair poorly. Foliage is mostly coarsely textured and stems are thick and sturdy. Heights are varied from the shortest to the tallest but flower plumes are mostly narrow and upright. Zone 3-8.

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