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Astilbe are very popular, rugged, versatile shade lovers that thrive in moist conditions. They produce colorful elongated flower plumes above divided fern-like green foliage in the summer and add bursts of impressive color to the garden landscape. Best yet, they are low maintenance, attract butterflies but are deer and rabbit resistant. They are quite diverse with hundreds of varieties to choose from. Each overachieving in providing splendid flower shows. Use them in groups or en mass to create a ground cover. Great for cutting when they are half opened.
About this Variety
The most striking characteristic of Astilbe Black Pearls is its stunning foliage. The leaves showcase a rich and velvety dark purple-black color, reminiscent of the precious gems it is named after. This deep and alluring foliage sets it apart from other astilbe varieties and adds a touch of mystery and sophistication to the overall appearance.
- Beautiful, showy flower plumes
- Adds color to shade gardens
- Deer & critter resistant
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Late Spring to Summer
Grows 18-36" tall
Plant 15-18" apart, 1-2" deep
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9
Plant Astilbe outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed in a partially shaded to full shade location. The ideal soil is rich and porous and drains well, yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant roots 1-2" deep and 15-18" apart. Cover with soil. Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Fertilize regularly. Remove foliage after it has completely yellowed and died back. Divide every two to three years.
Does not tolerate hot summer temperatures and is a good choice for moderate climates. Likes moist conditions.