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Astilbe Chinensis ‘Mighty Pip’ Zones 3­8

'Mighty Pip' is exceptionally large, reaching up to 4 feet tall, and it also quite hardy and robust: 'Mighty Pip' is both more cold tolerant and more heat tolerant than other Astilbe. It is also more tolerant of varying soil types, and particularly resistant to deer and other garden nibblers. The blooms come on in early- to midsummer, adding a gorgeous salmon pink accent to any shady border or sheltered bed. The massed effect is stunning. The fragrant blooms even make great dried flowers!  


Chinensis astilbe (A. chinensis) is native over a wide swath from eastern Russia, through Korea and Japan to the mountains of southwestern China. Of the astilbes, it is probably the best adapted to average garden conditions.   

Sun Exposure:  part sun to part shade.  More sun and drought tolerant than other varieties.  

Soil type:  rich in organic matter

Soil PH:  acidic or neutral

Soil Moisture: Moist, does not tolerate drying out

Care level:  Easy  (keep them looking good with annual shovel fulls of nutrient rich compost)

Flower color: Salmon pink

Bloom time: mid to late summer

Foliage Color: medium green

Uses and Characteristics: Specimen, Foundation, Borders,  Containers , Massed, Deer and Rabbit Resistant, Shade gardens, Woodland gardens, Cut flowers, Dried flowers.  

Flower head size: large

Height: 100-120 cm (39-47”)

Spread:  95-100 cm (37-39”)

Growth Rate: Medium.Propagation:  By division. In spring.  The plants benefit from division every 3-5 years.