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Astilbe simplicifolia 'Pink Lightning'

False Spirea

Dark green and bronze foliage. Open plumes of floriferous light pink nodding flowers held atop foliage. Blooms early to mid-season.

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False Spirea Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Astilbes are long-lived perennials that prefer rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.

Height

14-16 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Pink Lightning' Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Partial Shade
Moisture Needs
Moist
Critter Resistance
Squirrel Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Season of Interest
Spring
Growth Rate
Medium
Color
Pinks
Foliage Color
Burgundy
Uses
Naturalizing
Cut Flower
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