Astilbe 'Cotton Candy'
Astilbe 'Cotton Candy'

Astilbe 'Cotton Candy'

"False spirea"

Astilbe 'Cotton Candy'

1 bare root — £2.96

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Orders placed before 1 March 2024
You can expect your order in March 2024

Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
You can expect your order in March/April 2024

Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Description

Bring the county fair into your garden this summer if your schedule is too full. Set the scene of the fair with cheerful array of Astilbe arendsii 'Cotton Candy'. You won’t be able to eat the fluffy candy pink fronds which shoot way above the compact foliage to a height of just under half a metre from early to midsummer. Nevertheless, these dense fronds are delicious to look at. Astilbe arendsii 'Cotton Candy' (often called the False Spirea) enjoys light sun or full shade and prefers to be planted where the soil is rich and there’s lots of moisture. In return it will offer a different texture and playful mood to the average garden.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Cotton Candy'

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • Plant size

    2/3 eyes

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Astilbe 'Cotton Candy' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "False spirea" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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