Astilbe is a genus of hardy herbaceous summer-flowering perennial species. It contains over 20 species adapted to moist mountainous gorges and woodland, originally from Asia and North America. Members of this genus are known by the common names False Goatsbeard and Spiraea. They are well placed beside ponds and other water bodies and can cope with water-logging. Widly cultivated for their big leaves and their thick, feathery flower plumes, which come in a range of colourful variants, some species are pleasantly scented.
How to propagate Astilbe
You should propagate the species by seeds in the summer.
Division of the fleshy crowns in the spring or autumn.
Other uses of Astilbe
Grown for their panicles of flowers. Can be used for ground cover.