ASTILBE CHINENSIS 'MIGHTY PIP' 48" PERENNIAL SHADE PLANT FLOWER BULB LARGE ROOTS
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- Botanical Name: Astilbe chinensis 'Mighty Pip'
- Common Name: Chinese Astilbe, False Goat's Beard
- Bloomtime: Mid to Late Summer
- Flower: Large pink feathery plumes
- Plant Height: 36 to 48 inches
- Foliage: Dark green
- Plant size: #1 Bare Root (2-3 eyes)
- Requirements: Part shade to full shade. Medium moisture in rich, fertile soil for best results.
- Suggested use: Rain garden, Woodland garden, Stream banks
- Life-cycle: Perennial
- Multiply: Yes
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. This Chinese astilbe variety is noted for having better sun and drought tolerance than most x arendsii hybrids. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).
Astilbe chinensis, commonly called Chinese astilbe, is clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems. Chinese astilbes are slowly spreading, rhizomatous plants which bloom later than the Arendsii hybrids and generally feature hairy, biserrate, elliptic-oval, 3-ternate leaflets.
Genus name comes from the Greek words a meaning without and stilbe meaning brightness in reference to the dull leaves of some species.
Specific epithet means of China.
'Might Pip': Tallest astilbe, robust grower forms huge clumps of large dark green foliage, towering stems up to 4 feet tall with huge plumes of bright pink flowers, 2009 Plantarium award winner.
Mass or group in shade gardens, woodland gardens and shaded areas of border fronts and cottage gardens. Also effective on pond or stream banks. Foundations.
Knowing your Hardy Zone
Below is a USDA Hardiness zone map. Simply pick your state, pinpoint the area in which you live then match your color with the color coded chart to find your hardiness zone. I'll use myself (area) as an example; I have a plant that is hardy in zones 4-8 and am located in North Idaho. On the map it shows that my color is dark green which is zone 6a so following the planting and care instructions given for this plant, I will have great success in growing this plant in my garden!