Astilbe cf. rivularis

Saxifragaceae

 

Habitat: damp woodland

 

Soil: wit h plenty of humus

 

Height: 2 m

 

Flowering: mid to late summer

 

Width: 1.0 m

           


           

There are tall astilbes for herbaceous borders and small ones of rock garden stature, but all prefer cool and damp conditions. They are clump-forming perennials with branched spikes bearing a multitude of tiny flowers, usually pink or white, sometimes red, closely packed together into a fuzzy mass. The multiply divided leaves are also attractive, opening with bronze colouring, and the dried flowers stems can stand through the winter, adding structure for many extra months. See also Filipendula.

Astilbe cf. rivularis is a species usually described as having white flowers, so maybe this is an unusual variant of it, or perhaps it is a different species. It was collected in the Rowalling Himalaya at 3550 m, and has leaves that are two- to three-pinnate.
AR9-2
2 litre pot £9.00

Astilbe - some other suggestions
astilbe_brautschleier.jpg Astilbe x arendsii 'Brautschleier' is a variety with large upright panicles of pure white flowers, above divided glossy green leaves.
astilbe_bressingham_beauty.jpg Astilbe x arendsii 'Bressingham Beauty' has feathery plumes of rich pink flowers above bronze tinted and mid green fern-like foliage. Easy to grow, this brings good colour to a shady area.
astilbe_arendsii_fanal.jpg Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' has dense, feathery plumes of deep red flowers, which are long lasting. The dried flowerheads fade but remain, providing winter interest. Attractive toothed leaflets.
astilbe_chinensis_pumila.jpg Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is a dwarf form of this fine species, with pink flowers, tightly packed along the upright flower stem and its many short side branches, contrasting with the dark foliage.
invisible.gif Astilbe 'Deutschland' is an Astilbe japonica hybrid with fresh, bright green foliage and feathery panicles of white flowers. It is widely regarded as being the best of the white-flowered varieties.
invisible.gif Astilbe japonica hybrid pink form is a robust selection with good pink flowers.
astilbe_willie_buchanan.jpg Astilbe 'Willie Buchanan' is one of the smaller varieties, a great plant for a cool place, with dense tufts of finely divided, bronze foliage, and spires of densely packed, very pale pink, tiny flowers.