• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 15 to 18 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving
    Blooms:
    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 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 15 to 18 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid-summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    Design IdeasDwarf astilbe is a natural edging but it can also be used in masses to intensify its color visibility. Add to perennial borders for front end interest. Incorporate into woodland compositions to provide textural variation.
    Companion PlantsProvides beautiful contrast in front of the lustrously green shrub Himalayan Sarcococca (Saarcococca hookeriana humilis) with its fragrant white flowers, or alternated along a border with Bennerup Blue Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica Bennerup Blue).
  • 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: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This well known group falls into the Saxifrage family. Of the 14 or so species, most are from Asia, with a couple of North Americans. The earliest astilbes arrived from China to Paris via Jesuit missionaries, leading to early hybridization in that region and Germany rather than Britain. This plant is derived from A. simplicifolia, which is native to Japan and figures into the famous Arends hybrids of Europe. It is also known as star astilbe, and was botanically named and classified by Japanese Tomitaro Makino, in the early 20th century.
    Lore:
    The genus was named from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage.