Astilbe is a genus of about20 species of perennials in the family Saxifragaceae, native to Asia and North America.
Astilbe has plume-like flowers held above green, fern-like foliage on slender, upright stems. The striking clusters of small white, pink or reddish flowers bloom from spring to fall, depending on the variety. Astilbes are excellent low-maintenance plants and great cut flowers. They will also attract butterflies, bees, moths and hummingbirds to your garden!
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “a” (“without”) and “stilbe” (“brightness”), in reference to the dull leaves of some species.
The common name “False Goat’s Beard” is given because the shape and color of the flower spray resemble a beard.
Astilbe symbolizes patience.
Interesting facts about Astilbe:
Astilbes make great companions when planted with other shade tolerant plants, such as Hellebores and Hosta.
They are some of the few flowers that can light up even the darkest corner of the garden!
Benefits and Uses
The plant has been extensively selected and hybridized over the years, which has produced many new varieties. These hybrids have increased the number of plant forms, sizes and colors.
Astilbes are great garden plants and useful for cut flowers.
The flowers are available in white, pink and red colors.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
The plants range in size from 30 cm (1 ft) to 150 cm (5 ft) in height.
Astilbes thrive best in moist and well drained soil, with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0.