Astilbe Hennie Graafland
Astilbe simplicifolia is a dwarf species of astilbe that is native to Japan. As suggested by the specific epithet, the leaves are primarily simple, but sometimes appear in groups of three. This is a clump-forming perennial that features graceful, fern-like mounds (to 12" tall) of glossy, mostly basal, medium green leaves (to 3" long). Tiny white flowers in open panicles bloom in late spring to early summer atop slender upright stems rising above the foliage to 18" tall. Species plants are infrequently sold in commerce, but a variety of named cultivars in the simplicifolia hybrid group are commonly available including 'Aphrodite' (salmon-red flowers), 'Bronze Elegance' (rose pink flowers), ‘Sprite’ (shell pink flowers) and 'White Sensation' (white flowers).