Help us achieve our goals:
make a donation »
Join the RHS today and support our charity
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Make a donation
I have forgotten my password
Keep me signed in
Register for free to receive our newsletters, add comments to blogs/articles and to save content.
See what events are on near you and browse your bookmarked pages.
We have combined these two powerful search tools into a single Find a Plant service searching over 250,000 plant records.
Virtually all of the features of the old searches are still available and in addition we have added several new features to create a more comprehensive and user friendly search experience.
When using this search
Search by plant name, key attributes or both to find plant details and a list of
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
© RHS 2002
the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9
Other common names
Astilbe are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with attractive, usually ternately divided leaves and erect plume-like panicles of tiny white, pink or purple flowers in summer. The old, brown flower-heads remain attractive in autumn
'Superba' is a vigorous herbaceous perennial to 1.2m, with divided leaves and erect, narrow, dense spikes of rosy-mauve flowers
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoisturePoorly-drained, Moist but well-drained
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or grow in partial shade where soil is likely to dry out in the summer. Plants must be divided every three to four years to maintain vigour.
Propagate by division in late winter or early spring, pot divisions under glass and plant out in late spring.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Cut back after flowering
Pests Generally pest free
Powdery mildews may be troublesome
RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9