Sprite Astilbe (Astilbe 'Sprite')
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Deciduous Perennial Compact, Upright, Mounding, Clump-forming in the Saxifragaceae Family

About Astilbes

We don’t play favorites, but if we did, Astilbe might take the cake. These part-to-full shade lovers bring long-lasting, feathery blooms in red, purple, white, and pink that float on tall stems over fern-like leaves. Astilbes are low maintenance and come in a huge variety of sizes and colors, and some can even take full sun as long as they are watered adequately. Dappled light is best for big, gorgeous blooms, but full shade won’t kill these plants, just limit bloom number and size.

Astilbe prefers regular moisture but won’t do well in standing water (no “wet feet” here!). Well-draining, rich soil is this plant’s happy place, but really, Astilbe is quite low maintenance and will bring beauty to your garden for years to come.

Astilbe 'Maggie Daley'  blooms later than most other Astilbe, but makes up for lost time with giant, fuzzy pink/purple towers of blooms.

Astilbe 'Weisse Gloria' puts out sparkling white plumes that really set off surrounding colors, and contrast beautifully with its own dark green leaves.

Astilbe 'Visions' smells delicious and looks even better with deep pink blooms over a shorter-variety foliage mound. 

Astilbe 'Deutschland' has white blooms that show earlier than other white varieties of astilbe, making it a midsummer must for garden contrast.

Astilbe ‘Fanal’ sports narrow, deep red blooms and is more cold-hardy than most of its cousins.


  • Thrive in part-to-full shade
  • Make great cut flowers
  • Come in a wide variety of colors and sizes
  • Deer and rabbit resistant


  • Susceptible to powdery mildew (water the soil, not the foliage)
  • Most will not thrive in full sun
  • Need regular moisture to bloom well

Plant Data

Mature Size 12 - 18 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Growth Rate Slow
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Partial Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet: Will tolerate full sun in cooler areas with adequate moisture.
Zones 4a - 9b (Usually hardy to -30° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Colorful Foliage, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Extended Bloom Time, Fall Color, For a Shady Spot, Formal Garden, Fragrant Flowers, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Rain Garden, Good for Rock Garden, Low Maintenance, Medium, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Showy Flowers, Thrillers, Tolerant of Loamy Soil, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant, Winter Interest, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period May to June
Flower Color Pale Pink
Foliage Color Bronze-Green



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