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Astilbe 'Europa' (Japonica Hybrid)

Astilbe Japonica 'Europa', False Spirea 'Europa', False Goat's Beard 'Europa'


One of the first Astilbes to flower, Astilbe 'Europa' (Astilbe japonica) features luminous, dense, pyramidal shaped, soft pink flower plumes which stand out in the night garden. Quite showy, they rise gracefully in late spring - early summer above an attractive mound of fern-like deep green, glossy foliage. Long-lasting, they turn a rich caramel color which provides winter interest to the garden.

  • Relatively trouble-free, this Astilbe requires little maintenance, is heavy shade tolerantattracts butterflies but is deer and rabbit resistant! The perfect perennial for a shady border with dappled light!
  • Raised by G. Arends in 1930, this lovely Astilbe won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1970)
  • Compact and bushy, this Astilbe grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm). The refined, fern-like foliage remains attractive all season long (under satisfactory growing conditions).
  • Part shade to full shade lover, this Astilbe thrives in organically richevenly moistwell drained soils. Don't let the soil dry out! Mulch should be added to reduce water evaporation and maintain moisture.
  • May be planted in full sun in areas with cool summers with adequate moisture. In hot summer areas, shade is important.
  • Provides a spectacular flower show, whether planted in perennial borderswoodlands, by streamsponds or in containersPlant in groups for better visual effect. Excellent ground cover or edging plant for shady areas.
  • Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets
  • No deadheading is required unless you do not like the look of the faded flower stalks. If allowed to remain, the dried seedheads will provide additional interest later in the season. Should be divided about every 4 years to assure the maximum number of blooms.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Astilbes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Astilbes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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