Astilbe Ostrich Plume (Straussenfeder)
Astilbe Ostrich Plume (Straussenfeder)

Astilbe Ostrich Plume (Straussenfeder)

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Common Name: Astilbe
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jun-Jul
Height: 40" Spacing: 12-18"
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'Ostrich Plume' (also known as 'Straussenfeder') is an aptly named German selection. The arching plumes, which are borne on tall stems in early summer, are a brilliant salmon pink. They make a splendid presence in a shady border with the likes of Alchemilla mollis, Darmera peltata, Hostas big and small, and the silvery foliage of Lamium maculatum.

Astilbe is a rugged and beautiful genus of shade lovers that throw long and colorful spikes above divided foliage in summer, a time when color in the shade garden is hard to come by. Use them in groups in the woodland border, or mass them to create a ground cover. In evenly moist or wet soil, Astilbes are tough, pest-free, and handsome. The only thing they cannot endure is drought. The blooms are useful for cutting if they are picked when half open.

For more information on the growing and care of Astilbe, click Growing Guide.




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Great in part shade and full shade

chickadee from Eastern Maine

I have this on the north side of my house, by the foundation, and also in a garden that gets about 4-5 hours of sunlight. Both have clay soil enriched with compost. It does great in both places. Love the way the flowers hang down...goes well with other astilbes that are upright. The dried flowers are great in fall arrangements.
I do wish the blooms would last longer, they only last about a week.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-still'-bee  

Astilbe are one of the best flowers for light to moderate shade. In average garden soil, requires partial shade; tolerates full sun where moisture is ample. (Partial shade or shade and damp soil are required for best performance in the South and in warm inland areas of the West.) Most varieties fare poorly in dry soil. Many gardeners find the spent plumes attractive and so leave them standing until they are beaten down by inclement weather.

Suggested use: A good choice for somewhat shaded areas in the back of the rock garden, herbaceous border, and in front of the shrub border; also include in the cutting garden.

Culture: Provide soil that is well drained and rather rich in organic matter; plants like filtered light and evenly damp—not wet—locations; 3–4 hours sun; planting depth 1″; space 12–18″; pH 6.5–7.0.

Problems: Few problems with insects and disease but blossoms may dry out prematurely in exceptionally hot weather.

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