Also known as Dwarf Chinese Astilbe, this popular dwarf ground cover type of Astilbe forms a low carpet of mid green leaves topped with fuzzy, lilac pink, stiffly upright flower plumes. This is one of the last Astilbes to bloom, typically peaking from late summer into early autumn. Its small stature makes it a good candidate for containers and the front of the border.
A member of Astilbe chinensis (Chinese Astilbe), this later blooming species is useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Foliage is deeply incised, coarsely textured, and often bronze green in colour, and flowers are borne on narrow, branched panicles. Though garden performance is far superior in moist soils, members of this species are moderately drought tolerant. Shorter varieties such as ‘Pumila’ make excellent ground covers.