• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 24 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Woodland Garden
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eye
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 24 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the semi-formal garden border. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds. Perfect in semi-shaded mixed borders. Mass or naturalize in woodland gardens. At home in country garden settings with hedges and cottage style flowers when arranged in informal drifts and masses.
    Companion PlantsGroup this perennial with soft companions such as Black Stem Bigleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'), Eskimo Viburnum, (Viburnum x 'Eskimo'), Roseum Elegans Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Roseum Elegans') and Sensation Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation').
  • 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 to partial shade
    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. He named it from the Greek for without sheen or non-shining to describe the foliage. There are about 14 species, mostly from Asia and a couple of North Americans. This species originates in Japan and is the source of florist's cut materia.
    In China these plants are commonly known as Ch'Ang Chan.