Astilbe chinensis 'Mighty Pip'

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Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Astilbe 'Mighty Pip' is the first in a series of taller Astilbe chinensis hybrids from Holland's Hans van der Meer.


More About Astilbe chinensis 'Mighty Pip'

  • taller growing astilbe ..to 48"
  • Origin China

Astilbe 'Mighty Pip' is a vigorous 4' tall grower, topped in late spring/early summer with branched spikes of light pink flowers...quite stunning and quite noticeable in the garden.


Mighty Pip Astilbe Growing and Maintenance Tips

Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.


Height:

38-48 Inches

Spread:

2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Astilbe chinensis 'Mighty Pip' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Dried Flower
  • Mass Plant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Fall Color

  • Red
  • Bright Red
  • Bright yellow
  • Wine Red

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Light Pink

Habit

  • Clumping
  • Spreading