INTERSTELLA® Lily of the Valley shrub

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-4' Width/Spread: 3-4'

Whether you call it Japanese andromeda or lily of the valley shrub, InterstellaĀ® pieris will have you seeing stars when it bursts into bloom with thousands of lantern-like ruby-colored blooms in early spring. The long-lasting display is followed by the emergence of dramatic red new growth, and handsome evergreen foliage secures year-round presence and beauty. Thrives in the same conditions as rhododendrons.


Light: Will grow in any light condition, but grows the most vigorously and flowers abundantly in full to part sun spots.

Soil: Absolutely needs to be grown in acidic soil that is both moist and well-draining.

Water: Slightly above average water needs.

Fertilizing: Doesn’t typically need fertilizer, but some can be applied in the springtime if you start to notice the flower show diminishing.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended, as it can give the plant an awkward habit. If it’s necessary, you can prune it a bit in late spring to help manage the overall shape.

Other: If you have happy rhododendrons, you can grow this plant, too. They enjoy the same conditions.

Botanical Name

Pieris japonica 'FARROWJRF' PP#31,866


5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Early Summer


Borders, Foundations, Naturalizing, Specimen


Deer resistant, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Winter Interest

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