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Pieris Interstella®
  • A very close look at the bell-shaped pink blooms of Interstella lily of the valley shrub
  • A young specimen of Interstella andromeda blooming in a spring landscape.
  • The unique new growth of Interstella pieris.
  • A close look at the flower clusters of Interstella pieris.
  • Closeup of the lovely rose colored bell-shaped flowers of Interstella Japanese andromeda

Pieris Interstella®

Fabulous flowering evergreen
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.99
  • Pink flowers instead of the typical white
  • Early to bloom in spring
  • Deer resistant evergreen
  • Blooms even in shade
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Pieris Interstella® Description

Interstella lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris japonica) brings out-of-this-world beauty to your landscape or garden! Also known as Japanese Andromeda, this is a sophisticated, shade-tolerant flowering evergreen that is one of the very first - and longest! - shrubs to bloom each spring. And what a show it is: elegant chains of delicate bell-shaped florets of a deep, rich pink instead of the usual white. After several weeks of flowering, star-like bursts of bright red new growth festoon the branches.

Interstella pieris is also highly shade tolerant and deer resistant, making it a true problem-solver in the landscape. Similar to rhododendrons and azaleas, it requires an acidic soil and benefits from a good layer of shredded bark mulch. Though a touch slow-growing, this beautiful shrub packs so much showiness into its compact size, it's more than worth the wait.

Special features: deer resistant, long blooming, early blooming, evergreen, Proven Winners, shade tolerant.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Pieris japonica 'FARROWPJRF'
  • Common name:
    Lily of the Valley Shrub
  • Zone:
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  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
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  • Height x width:
    3-4 ' x 3-4'
  • Flower color:
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  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Foundation, hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:PPAF



Soil:  Pieris requires acidic soil. Soils that are cool, moist, and rich in organic matter are highly beneficial.
Light: Full sun to part shade; tolerates shade but flowers best with some sun.
Water: Average soil moisture is sufficient; avoid wet or very dry conditions.  
Spacing: 3- 4 feet apart, or as needed
Fertilizing: A granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs, like a rose fertilizer, is recommended.
Winterizing: In zones 5 and 6, pieris is best planted in an area protected from harsh winter winds. A good 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended.
Maintenance & Pruning: Major pruning on pieris is not recommended, as it does not recover well from such treatment. Can be lightly shaped in late spring if desired.