Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Heavy Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Deutschland Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii 'Deutschland'
Cool white flowers and lush green leaves have a soothing effect in the garden.
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Create a cool and inviting shady retreat! Make Deutschland Astilbe part of a serene outdoor space where you can relax after a busy day. Sit back in a comfy lounge chair, surrounded by Spirits that give a lush effect. Plants like Ferns, Hostas, Solomon’s Seal, and Japanese Forest Grass make a soothing scene, and Deutschland Astilbe adds an elegant touch of its own. Its fine, feathery, snow-white blooms put on a marvelous show in late spring, and the glossy green leaves present a pleasing appearance all season. We think it’s simply divine!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Heavy Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

If you speak German, you know that “Deutschland” means “Germany.” Although Astilbes originated in China, Japan, and Korea, Deutschland Astilbe’s story, not surprisingly, is centered in Germany. That’s where the great plant breeder, Geroge Arends, lived. Arends founded his nursery in 1888. A devoted plantsman, he traded seeds and cuttings with friends around the world and hybridized his own plants, always seeking improvements or something new. He had a special fondness for Astilbes. In his lifetime, he introduced 74 new Astilbes to the world (including this one in 1920) and 350 plants in all. Bombings during both World Wars destroyed much of his nursery, but each time he picked up the pieces and went back to work.

The Details

Astilbes bloom during that magical time between spring and summer, when the weather is warm but not oppressively hot—the best time to be outside! Deutschland is one of the earliest-blooming Astilbes; it kicks off Astilbe season with style and grace.

How to Grow

Deutschland Astilbe is best in afternoon shade. It will also grow in deep shade. Astilbes need regular irrigation to maintain bright, healthy foliage. Some people like the look of the spent seedheads and leave them standing; others cut them down as soon as the flowers have finished. Shear back all old stems and leaves in early spring. Mulch and fertilize annually—Astilbes are heavy feeders. Digging and dividing plants every three years will keep them growing vigorously (and will give you more plants!).

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Partial to Heavy Shade
Avg Mature Height 1.5-2'
Avg Mature Width 1.5-2'
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Bloom Time Spring
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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