Botanical: Astilbe japonica 'Ellie'
Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)
General Characteristics: This is a superior white variety, very full flower panicles and dark stems. 'Ellie' Astilbe is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer, who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
The flowers and foliage of the Astilbe are good for cutting and may be used in fresh floral arrangements. The flowers are good for drying. In order to keep Astilbe looking good for the next year, do not cut it back in the winter, (the old foliage helps protect the plant from winter damage), but prune in early spring. Astilbe can be used in perennial borders or shade gardens with Hostas and Ferns and alongside water areas.
Use: Ellie' is recommended for the following landscape applications; General Garden Use, Mass Planting, Container Planting, Border Edging.