Chinese Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis | Also known as: Chinese False Spirea, Astilbe, False buck's beard | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Chinese Astilbe: pretty in Pink (and red, white and lavender)

Astilbe chinensis is commonly called Chinese Astilbe or Chinese False Spirea. It has pretty fern like foliage, but the main attraction of this plant are the big fluffy plumes of densely packed colourful flowers that rise high above the foliage. The flowers come in various colours, red, pink, pale purple or white. It's a great cottage garden plant, and will grow well in a container too. Water it well as it prefers a moist soil. It will thrive in either full sun or partial shade. It's not usually troubled by garden pests, but it can be prone to powdery mildew.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Tufted
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-2
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 1 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Pond plants
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years