• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Mounded foliage to 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 2 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    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 habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Mounded foliage to 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Flower spikes 2 ft. tall.
    Special features:Deer Resistant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    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. 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.