February 1, 2023
Astilbe Chinensis

Astilbe Chinensis

Astilbe chinensis, or also known as tall False-buck’s-beard or Chinese Astilbe. It is an herbaceous perennial. It is clump-forming. It is part of the Saxifragaceae family of plants. It is native to Japan and China. Astilbe chinensis grows up to about 36in or 1m tall. It is common in shade gardens.

C. J.. Maximowiez described it first in 1859. He named it Hoteia chinensis. Adrien René Franchet and Ludovic Savatier, in 1875, recategorized it in the Astilbe genus.

Astilbe chinensis foliage is deeply incised. The leaves are dark green, basal and ternately compound. They are toothed and eliptic. It blooms in late summer. The tiny, pale pink flowers grow on plumes. The flowers attract butterflies.

Astilbe Chinensis
Astilbe chinensis at Kew Gardens

How to grow Astilbe chinensis:

Grow Astilbe chinensis in the sun or partial shade. Too strong of the sun could burn them. Plant them in moist or boggy soils. Use moist clay soil added with some peat moss or sand. Check Astilbe chinensis to ensure the soil is moist if not water, and water deeply rather than frequent spraying. Deadheading the flowers encourages more flowers. You can cut it back when the flowering is over. It is generally pest-free. But watch out for powdery mildew. Propagate Astilbe chinensis by division in winter or early spring.

Astilbe Chinensis
Astilbe chinensis
Astilbe Chinensis
Astilbe chinensis at Kew Gardens Water Rock Garden
Astilbe Chinensis
Astilbe chinensis

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