Astilbe ‘Sprite’ is a gorgeous, low-growing, compact perennial which forms a mound of dark green divided leaves. From this, short spikes bearing beautiful feathery plumes which are made up of hundreds of densely packed, pale pink tiny flowers. Its plumes fade to a cream/brown colour in autumn/winter. This plant reaches a mature height of 30 cm and spread of 45 cm. This is the perfect addition to any garden due to its exceptionally long flowering period, flowering all summer and autumn long, provided its needs are met. It is perfect in beds and borders, but is also excellent as a cut flower either fresh or dried. Many use it in bouquets. It is also attractive to butterflies!
Suggested Care: Astilbe ‘Sprite’ should be planted in moist but well drained, rich soils, positioned in partial to full shade. It can tolerate full sun but only in areas with cool summers once adequate moisture is provided. It is important that you do not let the soils dry out, as dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in the sun. If this occurs, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins. No deadheading is required, but you can do so if you do not like the look of the faded blooms. It is advised that you divide these plants about every 4 years to assure the maximum number of blooms.
Planting Instructions: Break up the soil well before planting and dig a hole twice the size of the pot. Remove plant from the pot by tapping the rim of the pot in ‘up side down’ position. However, do not pull the plant from the pot. Firm soil after planting and water regularly for the first month.