Astilbe is a genus of about20 species of perennials in the family Saxifragaceae, native to Asia and North America. Astilbe has plume-like flowers held above green, fern-like foliage on slender, upright stems. The striking clusters of small white, pink or reddish flowers bloom from spring to fall, depending on the variety. Astilbes are excellent low-maintenance plants and great cut flowers. They will also attract butterflies, bees, moths and hummingbirds to your garden!
Meaning: The genus name is derived from the Greek words “a” (“without”) and “stilbe” (“brightness”), in reference to the dull leaves of some species.
The common name “False Goat’s Beard” is given because the shape and color of the flower spray resemble a beard.