American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly eastern Asian perennial herbs of the genus Astilbe, having compound basal leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers. Also called spirea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of perennial plants, belonging to the family Saxifragaceæ. There are some 7 or 8 species in Asia and North America. A. Japoniva, with large, conical or pyramidal, terminal clusters of many small, white flowers, is much used for forcing, particularly for early spring bloom. These plants may also be grown in the open. This genus is often confounded with the rosaceous genus Aruncus. The genera Aruncus and Spiræa are characterized by having many stamens and usually several or many pistils; Astilbe has 8 or 10 stamens and a single 2–3-lobed pistil. Astilbe Lemoinei is said to be a hybrid between Astilbe Japoniva and Aruncus astilboides.
- n. any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers
- New Latin astilbē : a-1 + Greek stilbos, glittering. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This involved finding and placing an ornamental iron table and chairs, a stone bench, some hooks for hanging tools, a rhododendron, several azaleas, perennials such as astilbe and liriope, and a few bags of hardwood bark mulch.”
“Look for white-flowered selections of perennials, such as astilbe, and annuals, such as impatiens, browallia, torenia and begonias.”
“Pepper the arrangement with delicate elements such at dainty columbine flowers, oregano sprigs and wispy astilbe.”
“I did end up with the tall astilbe, did not cut the flower stalk off and made it through two flights, security and the drive home still intact.”
“Veronicastrum virginicum, new to the garden last year joins white astilbe and bronze fennel among others in the yellow/white bed.”
“My favorite method is to dig a bucket-sized hole, 12 inches in diameter, nine inches deep, among perennials, hosta, astilbe or daylilies that send up their foliage after the bulbs have bloomed.”
“Not wanting to mow a bumpy hillside, I dug up the grass and weeds and added a variety of shade-loving groundcovers -- hosta, astilbe and vinca.”
“We also have the butterfly weed, muhly and japanese blood grass, astilbe, ajuga and the Crimson Queen maple.”
“Loved this post, Frances, curious to see what you would choose You have several favorites in my garden ~ Japanese Painted ferns, astilbe, and exbury azalias for a starter!”
“We shall see how the drumsticks pan out and there is still the pink and white astilbe behind the muhly just beginning to send up spikes.”
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