Botanical: Astilbe x thunbergii 'Straussenfeder' (Ostrich Plume)
Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)
General Characteristics: These are long blooming, very useful, durable plants. Excellent display in rich, moist, acid soil. After the flowers fade, the rich brown plumes may be left to decorate the winter landscape. Shades of green, to greens with bronze, red or purplish red tones highlight the sight of elegant, lacy shapes of the astilbe leaf.
Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. 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.