Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila' - Dwarf False Spirea - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Dwarf False Spirea

Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'

Also called Dwarf Chinese Astilbe

  • Short spikes of mauve-lilac plumes
  • Deeply-cut bronze-green foliage hugs the ground
  • One of the most drought-tolerant astilbe
  • Chinese astilbe are generally more sun-tolerant
  • Excellent ground cover
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Flower Height: 25 cm



10-15 cm

30-50 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in light to moderate shade, with average to moist soils. Astilbe may burn if planted in full sun. Deep shade tolerant, but will not flower as prolifically. Water plants during the summer especially if there is less than average rainfall. Extended drought periods will lead to browning of the foliage and may result in foliage drop. After flowers finish, prune off spent blooms and lightly shape the foliage to encourage new growth. 


work well with Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'