• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Foliage 8 in. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 10 to 15 in. tall,
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Shade Loving
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Mid-summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee sim-pli-ki-FO-lee-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    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
    Blooms:Mid-summer
    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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.
    Lore:
    Astilbe is from the Greek for without sheenor non-shining to describe the foliage.