Botanical: Astilbe japonica 'Bonn'
Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)
General Characteristics: Easy to grow in average soil kept evenly moist. Provide mulch and extra water in dry times. Fertilize each spring for best display. Excellent cut flowers. Excellent in beds and borders, or moist woodland settings.
Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. Site lacy astilbes near full foliage plants like hostas for an appealing contrast in forms. They are clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems.