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Astilbe japonica

Astilbe

[uh-stil-bee]

Astilbe is a genus of 18 species perennial, herbaceous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae. Some species are commonly known as False Goat's Beard, and False Spirea. Astilbe species are native to Asia and North America.

They are cultivated by gardeners as hardy herbaceous perennials, for their large handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They require a peaty soil for their successful cultivation. Numerous hybrids have been raised. Astilbe is a tall feathery flowered plant popular as a pond side feature.

Species

Species of Astilbe include:

Cultivar Groups

Commonly accepted cultivar groups are:

References

  • Flora of China: Astilbe http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=102968
  • Svenskt kulturväxtlexikon http://skud.ngb.se/
  • The plants database http://plants.usda.gov/

Other websites

  • http://www.youngamericangrowers.com/app/our_plants.asp Astilbe History, Culture, Landscape Use, Pests
  • http://www.youngamericangrowers.com/app/order_search.asp Photos

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