• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps to 10 in. tall, 18 in. wide. Flower stems 12 to 18 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Mid to late summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-STIL-bee ar-END-see-eye
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps to 10 in. tall, 18 in. wide. Flower stems 12 to 18 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid to late summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis is one of the stellar perennials of the highbrow border and semiformal gardens. A superior choice for high profile foundation beds adding foliage interest even when not in bloom. Blends perfectly into the semi-shaded mixed border, providing strong color through summer. Mass or naturalize in woodland gardens. Also at home in country garden settings with hedges and cottage style flowers in informal drifts and masses. Exploit unique coloring with exotic container plant combinations.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • 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).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This well known group of flowers falls into the Saxifragaceae family. The genus was classified by the English authority on plants of India, Francis Buchannan (1762-1829). He named the genus from the Greek for without sheen, or non-shining to describe the mat-like surface of the foliage. For a time in the 19th century these plants were known as Hoteia in Belgium. There are about 14 species of astilbe, mostly from Asia and a couple from North America. This species originates in Japan and is the source of florist's cut material. This ground breaking cultivar so named for its exotic colored foliage was introduced by Anthony Tesselaar.
    Lore:
    In Asia, the leaves of astilbe are used as tea and are often a tea substitute when supply is low. The young leaves are also cooked as greens.