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Astilbe chinensis

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive shadydame On Jun 22, 2009, shadydame from North Walpole, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Astilbes do very well in my garden. I have 4 different cultivars: 'Bridal Veil', 'Visions in Red', 'Dusseldorf', and 'Amethyst', which is new this year. Currently, the Visions & Bridal Veil are both in bloom, and the others should follow soon. I love these plants because they are low-maintenance, pest/disease free, & seem to tolerate drought. The Astilbe is another staple in my part-shade garden.

Negative eliasastro On Oct 16, 2008, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

My winter is too warm for them, they didn' t make it!

Positive grampapa On May 12, 2008, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a lovely one that was planted by a landscaper so I have no idea of the cultivar. It is a beautiful pink and looks like cotton candy when in bloom. Seems to do well in the part shade where it is planted, but I may try some in more sun when I divide it, because I just love it.

Positive miltboyd On Jul 29, 2003, miltboyd from Haverhill, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

over last two years, nice airy feathery appearance, easy to grow, not demanding, does not attract pests. about 9 to 18 inches tall in good soil with open sky. No success getting viable seeds from plant.

Neutral PurplePansies On Jul 16, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mainly planted because it flowers in shade, but not an outstandingly showy plant. Give adequate moisture. Mine not troubled by insects or diseases. Easy, but not that rewarding. Flowers rarely as showy as in photos.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Be sure to cut back faded flower stalks. Extra water may be needed in dry periods. Divide after 3-4 years in spring or fall. Astilbe requires a lot of nutrients, so give it some fertilizer at least once per growing season.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Centerbrook, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Rossville, Indiana
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Charlevoix, Michigan
Young America, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
North Walpole, New Hampshire
Brooklyn, New York
Jefferson, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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