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Astilbe simplicifolia ‘White Sensation’
A heavy flowering selection, ‘White Sensation’ certainly lives up to its name. Feathery, bright white flower plumes are held above rich, glossy green foliage in summer. This specimen is equally beautiful when planted en masse for a large swathe of white to brighten a shady spot or when planted in smaller clumps as specimens positioned in the perennial border. Graceful flowers flutter in the slightest breeze and make for great cut flowers.
|Striking white flowers|
|Plant en masse or singly|
|Great cut flower|
Height: 18 Inches
Spread: 24 Inches
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Star Astilbe
Easily grown in average, medium, 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. 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). ~Kemper Center
This species has undergone considerable hybridization and breeding, yielding numerous beautiful selections for the garden. Compact mounds of glossy, deeply-cut foliage are attractive even before the flowers appear in mid- to late-summer. Seed heads are also quite ornamental and extend the garden aesthetic for several weeks after the flowers are spent.