Astilbe hybrids are clump-forming perennials that form mounds of dark green, ferny foliage. They bloom red, pink, white and lavender in upright or slightly arching plumes. Astilbes are valuable in moist shade for long-lasting color. Performs best in evenly moist soil.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches),
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
18 to 36" tall and 12-18" wide
Keep soil moist in spring and summer.
Heavy feeders, astilbe prefer spring fertilization.
Divide or plant in early spring or by mid-September every three to four years when crowded.
Wait until spring to cut back.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems. Lack of moisture in spring and mid-summer can cause poor flowering or leaf die-back.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Deer and rabbit resistant. Black walnut toxicity tolerant.
Native geographic location and habitat
Southeast Asia. Prefers evenly moist, shady areas.
Attracts birds or pollinators
Deep green, pinnately compound leaves divided into small toothed, oval leaflets. Often copper-colored when young.
Plumes of pink, red, white or lavender flowers. Flower stems often upright or slightly arching.
Tiny seed capsules on flower stems. Spent flowers can be ornamental in fall and winter.