Astilbe, Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Milk and Honey'

Astilbe chinensis

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Milk and Honey
Additional cultivar information:(PPAF)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Washington, Illinois

West Chicago, Illinois

Pownal, Maine

Perham, Minnesota

Glens Falls, New York

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 4, 2014, Mitchella from Pownal, ME (Zone 5b) wrote:

A lovely plant, but the flowers on mine (and those in the photographs) are more like light pink (nearly white) than light yellow. And it is definitely not a bog or water garden plant, although it does appreciate moist soil. In fact the species chinensis is generally considered the most drought tolerant of the Astilbes. I agree that the flowers reach 24" - 30".

Positive

On May 14, 2011, joanlc from Perham, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

I observed this plant in our nursery, and found the color fascinating and the blooms long-lasting. The height information given above is not correct. This is a large astilbe, with the flower spikes approaching 30 inches.

Positive

On Aug 22, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooms June-July in my garden. Very pretty. PPAF.

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