Genus: Astilbe

Astilbe

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
(Astilbe)
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Saxifragaceae
Plants in the genus Astilbe are clump-forming perennials with handsome leaves and distinct pink, purple, red, or white plume-like flowers. Blooms appear mostly in summer and fade to attractive browns for fall and winter appeal. These plants make attractive cut flowers but fade quickly.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Astilbes originate in southeast Asia and North America in mountain ravines, streambanks, and woodlands. They are useful in damp borders, waterside beds, woodland gardens, or shady rock gardens. 
Care:  Provide moist, fertile soil or boggy sites in full sun. Also tolerates drier soils in partial shade with extra water during dry spells. Avoid dry alkaline or clay soils.
Propagation: 

Divide clumps in early spring. Replant immediately or pot up and plant in early summer.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Astilbe

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'Maggie Daley' astilbe
Astilbe chinensis 'Maggie Daley'
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Astilbe chinensis var. pumila
Problems: 

Tarnished plant bug, powdery mildew, bacterial leaf spots, Cercospora leaf spots.