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PlantFiles: Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard
Astilbe chinensis 'Superba'

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

Synonym:Astilbe chinensis var. taqueti
Synonym:Astilbe taqueti

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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

Unknown - Tell us

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive swampette05 On May 16, 2011, swampette05 from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

I thought both plants had died during the hot summer last year. They have returned better than ever with shiny leaves and lots of flowers.

Neutral EstelleMirage On Jul 1, 2008, EstelleMirage from Ste-Victoire
Canada wrote:

On the label of the specimen I purchased last fall it says it should grow to 110 cm and spread 50 cm. Mine has a long way to go. At which size should it start to bloom?

Positive mbhoakct76 On Apr 18, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

a nice shade plant, but growns kind of slowly.


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

Winsted, Connecticut
Alpharetta, Georgia
Plainfield, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Brewster, New York
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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