1994 Sprite Dwarf Astilbe
Botanical Name: Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite'
Although this perennial will grow in full sun with adequate moisture or full shade, it seems to flower best for me in part sun/part shade. Compact low growing mounds of elegant bronzy leaves appear in Spring, reaching a height of no more than 12 inches. Through July, plumes of pale shell pink flowers appear. The seedheads of the flower also provide ornamental interest. Although the leaves can brown off a bit in dry summers, I’ve found the best solution is to add lots of organic material in the soil to assist with moisture supply. Like all astilbes, Sprite thrives on being divided every three years for better vigour and the new divisions are readily planted elsewhere.