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DESCRIPTION: Showy, velvety, upright, cherry red flower spikes over divided, dark green and chocolate brown to reddish foliage; perfect in a shady spot with dappled light; prefers moisture so water regularly for abundant flowers and nice foliage.
BOTANICAL NAME: Astibe 'Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry'
OTHER NAMES: False Spirea, False Goat's Beard
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 90-125 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 90-125 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Prefers partial shade areas
FLOWER COLOUR: Cherry red flowers on chocolate-red stems
FLOWERING TIME: Mid summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark green with chocolate brown-red overtones
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average to moist
OTHER FEATURES: Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Attractive Foliage
Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry Chinese Astilbe has masses of beautiful plumes of cherry red flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive ferny compound leaves remain green in colour with showy brown variegation and tinges of red throughout the season. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.
Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry Chinese Astilbe is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry Chinese Astilbe is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry Chinese Astilbe will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Mighty™ Chocolate Cherry Chinese Astilbe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.