Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Superba'
Chinese astilbe 'Superba'
Vigorous clump-forming perennial about 1.2m tall, with divided glossy, dark green leaves, and erect, narrow, dense spikes of rosy-mauve flowers to 50cm long, appearing in late summer
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
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
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How to grow
Grow in moist but well-drained or boggy soil in dappled shade, or in indirect sun where the soil remains moisture-retentive in summer. Drought intolerant, may be damaged in hot sun. Good for waterside planting. See Astilbe cultivation
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
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
Cut back after flowering
May be susceptible to vine weevil
May be susceptible to Powdery mildews
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