Astilbe ‘Amethyst'" (BareRoots) Perennial
Astilbe × arendsii hybrids are a large group of hybrids involving crosses between A. chinensis, A. japonica, A. thunbergii and A. astilboides and named after German nursery man George Arends (1862-1952). They are 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. They can vary considerably as to plant size, inflorescence shape, leaf color/shape and bloom period because of the different and sometimes complex parentage of the various plants now lumped under this hybrid grouping.
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 honors German nursery man George Arends (1862-1952)
‘Amethyst’ is noted for its lilac-purple flowers. It typically forms a foliage mound to 12-24” tall with panicles of fluffy lilac-purple flowers appearing on upright stems rising to 30-36” tall.
Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.
Pests or Diseases: Slug resistant, deer resistant, resistant to walnut toxicity. Bothered by Japanese beetles and spider mites.