Astilbe 'Superba'

Astilbe 'Superba'

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Considered One of the Very Best Astilbe
SKU 27909
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Key Characteristics

4 - 9

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

24 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained, Wet

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Astilbe 'Superba'

Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society

Highly popular and a great choice for shady areas, 'Superba' is considered to be one of the very best, if not the best, astilbe. This tall variety, up to 5 feet high, has strong stems that hold dramatic purple plumes above the fern-like foliage. Mahogany hued spring foliage matures to dark green in summer. Plumes appear in late summer and remain throughout winter, turning a rich caramel color. They make brilliant additions to cut or everlasting arrangements.

Although this perennial is at its best in shady areas with moist soil—perfect for waterside and wet woodlands—it can be planted in full sun in regions with cool, wet summers (it doesn't mind having its feet a little wet), but shade is important in hotter climates. The plant is low maintenance and repels deer and rabbits. But butterflies love it.

Shown to best effect when grouped, the plant will also spread by rhizomes and can be divided every 2 to 4 years. Combining with astilbe varieties that bloom at different times and in different colors keeps a colorful display going throughout the season.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Astilbe
Species chinensis var. taquetii
Variety 'Superba'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Bloom Color Purple
Bloom Season Start Late Summer
Bloom Season End Early Fall
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant
Special Features Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Winter Interest
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI
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