Garden plants from the Astilbe plant genus tend to be hardy perennial in nature.
Some of the names in which they are commonly known by include Garden spiraea, Plume flower, False spiraea, and False goatsbeard.
They normally flower from late spring through to early summer.
Astilbe range in height from about 15 cm to 120 cm (6 to 48 inches).
They have appealing plume like flowers that are naturally white or pink; the breeding of the False and Garden spiraea species has extended these colours to be more intense and include pinks and coral colours.
They make great plants for the border when grown in mass and make great plants for a woodland simulation.
Pink Astilbe by Audreyjm529.
Astilbe by Gailf548.
When planting Astilbe outdoors it is best to sow out the seeds on the surface in the early spring, when it is still possible that a frost may occur.
If you plan to grow spiraea indoors first, then the germination period takes from one to two months at a temperature of about 18 degrees.
It is very important to water Astilbe plants from below, as they are hypersensitive to water damage.
Astilbe seedlings should be planted out after the last frost of spring at a spacing of about 30 cm (12 inches) for small varieties, or at 50 to 80 cm (20 to 32 inches) for larger plant tyoes.
Ideally, Astilbe should be planted in moist well drained soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7; ideally in a shaded area.
Astilbe Care: species such as Garden spiraea, False spiraea, and Plume flower are easy plants to look after - they should be fertilized in the summer and watered during prolonged dry spells.
As a hardy perennial it is best to divide Astilbe plants every three years or so to maintain vigorous growth.