Astilbe koreana, Pink Feather, has the softest creamy pink plumes.
Ice cream pink christmas trees of flowers
And the tiny flowers are so closely packed on the stems, it looks like a pretty pink christmas tree.
The shape of the flower plumes is so exquisite, being much branched and elegantly arching.
So it is well named as “Pink Feather” – it just about says it all.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).
Aglow in the shade
Astilbe have a preference for partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light.
Though they are perfectly happy in full shade, as long as it is well aired.
They can also thrive in sun in cooler districts, but only with a steady and regular supply of water to overcome the heat.
Just a little more drought and humidity than usual with Astilbe koreana Pink Feather
Gardeners with dry or humid summer conditions, often despair of ever growing Astilbes.
However Astilbe koreana, Pink Feather is worth a try.
As of all the different types of Astilbe, koreana is notable for having the greatest tolerance to periods of dry, and being serene about summer humidity.
Let’s be honest – it will never turn into a Sedum, and will always need a regular drink – but not quite as much as others.
Growing: Astilbe koreana
– Height with flowers: Feathery plumes, packed with flowers, on elegantly arching stems to 75cm. approx. Blooms over late-spring-summer.
– Width: Forms a clump of foliage to a diameter of approx. 60-75cm.
– Position: Astilbe prefer partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light. But will also succeed in full shade, as long as there is good air and light levels.
– Soil: Astilbes will give of their best in loam. They love fertilizer and compost, and can happily have their feet in the water permanently if necessary. They enjoy retentive soil, including clay based soils.
And let’s not fool ourselves – no Astilbe is drought hardy. They like regular water, although if it is regular – it does not need to be lots. However Astilbe koreana is recognized as one that does not need a drink quite as much, or as often.
Hardy & easy in the right spot
– Frost: Astilbe are extremely frost hardy. So they are able to withstand frost to well below -20C.
– Care: Astilbes are easy, low care plants, if they are given their preferred conditions.
Then the only work required is to trim off spent flower stems to encourage a repeat of autumn blooms. And finally to chop them to the ground at the end of autumn.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: I would be heartbroken if marauding critters chewed off even one of my gorgeous Astilbes. But fortunately they are not particularly attractive to rabbits, deer, slugs or snails.
Long season of colour and interest
– Growth: Deciduous hardy perennial.
Astilbe koreana has wonderful glowing butter-yellow autumn foliage. So they are dormant over winter. Before re-emerging with marvellous red new spring foliage. Then flowering again in the spring and summer. So they have a very long season of interest in the garden.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Butterflies are particularly attracted to the myriad of tiny nectar rich blossoms that make up feathery Astilbe plumes. But they have to try to beat the little native bees who usually get there first.
– Origin: I think you may have already guessed that it comes from the forests of Korea.