With the darkest red flowers of all Astilbes, award-winning Astilbe 'Fanal' (Astilbe x arendsii) is a top choice with its full, narrow, dark crimson red plumes elegantly rising atop an attractive bronze foliage in early-mid summer. Each plume consists of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of bloom. As summer progresses, the foliage turns dark green with a reddish tint.
- Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.
- Relatively trouble-free, this Astilbe requires little maintenance, is heavy shade tolerant, attracts butterflies, but is deer and rabbit resistant! The perfect perennial for a shady border with dappled light!
- Growing up to 18-20 in. tall and wide (45 cm), this compact cultivar is very floriferous and its refined, fern-like foliage remains attractive all season long (under satisfactory growing conditions).
- Part shade to full shade lover, this Astilbe thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, well 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 borders, woodlands, by streams, ponds or in containers. Plant 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.