Astilbe

General Description/History

Astilbe is relatively rare as a cut flower. The large flower spikes are made up of hundreds of small flowers arranged in feather-like plumes. Each plume is made up of many tubular-shaped branches of pink-red flowers. White and lavender flowers are also sometimes found. Flowers open from the bottom of the spike upwards. Foliage is fern-like.

This is a popular garden plant in the Northern Hemisphere, where breeding has produced a range of flower and foliage colours.

Astilbe is grown as a field crop. Most are grown in Victoria and NSW.

What to look for

● Buy when 1/2 to 2/3 of the flowers are open, and upper buds are coloured;
● Avoid bunches with yellow leaves, or that drop flowers when the bunch is shaken.

Flower Care

  1. Keep cool at all times.
  2. Strip leaves from the lower half of each stem and wash stem ends thoroughly.
  3. Recut at least 2 cm off each branch and place in water immediately.
  4. Always use a preservative as this will help buds open.
  5. Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
  6. These flowers are very sensitive to ethylene. Keep them away from fruit, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.
  7. Remove dying leaves as these will die off before the flowers wilt.
  8. Revive wilted bunches by placing them in warm water for 1 to 2 hours.

Botanical Name: Astilbe x arendsii

Common Names: Astilbe, False Goat

Stem Length: 20 to 50 cm

Country of Origin: Japan, Korea, China

Available Colours: Pink, Purple, Red, White

Season: Summer,Spring

Availability: January,February,October,November,Decemeber