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Astilbe AKA false spirea, false goats beard or meadow sweet


 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:03 pm    Post subject: Astilbe AKA false spirea, false goats beard or meadow sweet Reply with quote


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Astilbe facts and information.

Within the damp shaded areas of your garden, consider planting the perennial Astilbe commonly known as false spirea, false goats beard or meadow sweet.
To realise why this fast growing plant will cope with moist soil we must look at its original home where it thrives.
Astilbe grows wild and thrives in the moist soil beside woodland streams in Eastern Asia.
So moist soil with partial shade is the order of the day, however this adaptable perennial will also grow reasonably well in a dryer soil providing supplementary water is applied.
My tip for planting this plant in most soils is to add great quantities of peat and homemade compost to the planting hole and surrounding areas.

A woodland or waterside joy, an in bloom Astilbe stands around 60cm (2ft) with a similar spread.
This height includes the plumes of candyfloss-like frothy flowers that are displayed from late spring until mid summer.
Astilbes foliage again gives the plant a woodland appearance, with ferny, finely divided, glossy and toothed leaves.
As well as growing well in moist soil, Astilbe also has a very bitter taste making it unpalatable to passing rabbits and hares.

Perhaps your garden is wedged with plants already, but after reading this you simply must have an Astilbe.
Well, this perennial will grow quite well as an indoor plant, just give it a cool, bright room and keep the plants compost moist.
Top Astilbes to seek out include...
Astilbe "Fanal" with long blooming, scarlet flowers.
Astilbe "Europa" with light pink blooms.
Astilbe "Deutschland" with pure white plumes.


Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Astilbe

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