Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing to 24 in. tall and wide
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Spring Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late spring
Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee juh-PON-ih-kuh
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17, 32 - 45
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 24 in. tall and wide
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Late spring
Flower color:Pink
Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the semiformal garden border. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds. Perfect in semishaded 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 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:
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 material.
Lore:
In China these plants are commonly known as Ch'Ang Chan.