• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage 8 in. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 10 to 15 in. tall,
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee sim-pli-ki-FO-lee-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage 8 in. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 10 to 15 in. tall,
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasIts light and lacy pale pink plumes are best displayed in a shade garden or, along a pool's edge. For the appeal of a shady cottage garden, plant in small containers with other delicate, pale flowering species. In a sunnier location, try contrasting an extra large cluster against a backdrop of low-growing, non-flowering evergreen to emphasize its attractive foliage.
    Companion Plantsn a misty, cool garden location, this Astilbe loves to thrive with the bold Elegans Plantain Lily (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') or Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) and Woodland Iris (Iris innominata). In a sunnier location, try mixing with the delicate Miniature Bearded Iris (Iris pumila) and Dwarf Hairy Penstemon (Penstemon hirsutus 'Pygmaeus') and enjoy the pink and lilac show.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    This group falls into the Saxifragaceae. The genus was classified by the English authority on plants of India, Francis Buchanan. There are about 14 species, mostly from Asia and a couple of North Americans. This species originates in Japan where it is known as the "star astilbe" and is the source of the famous Arends hybrids Europe.
    Astilbe is from the Greek for without sheenor non-shining to describe the foliage.