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
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 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:
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.