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a·stil·be

 (ə-stĭl′bē)
n.
Any of various perennial plants of the genus Astilbe native chiefly to East Asia, having compound basal leaves and widely cultivated for their plumelike panicles of small colorful flowers. Also called false spirea.

[New Latin Astilbē, genus name : a- + Greek stilbos, glittering.]

astilbe

(əˈstɪlbɪ)
n
1. (Botany) any perennial saxifragaceous plant of the genus Astilbe of E Asia and North America: cultivated for their ornamental spikes or panicles of pink or white flowers
2. (Plants) any perennial saxifragaceous plant of the genus Astilbe of E Asia and North America: cultivated for their ornamental spikes or panicles of pink or white flowers
[C19: New Latin, from Greek: not glittering, from a-1 + stilbē, from stilbein to glitter; referring to its inconspicuous individual flowers]
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Noun1.astilbe - any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowersastilbe - any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Astilbe - chiefly Asiatic perennials: spirea
Astilbe biternata, false goatsbeard - North American astilbe with panicles of creamy white flowers
Astilbe chinensis pumila, dwarf astilbe - mat-forming evergreen Asiatic plant with finely cut leaves and small pink to burgundy flowers; grown as ground cover
Astilbe japonica, spiraea, spirea - a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming
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WITH all the rain we''ve been having lately, my astilbes are happier than ever, in moist, damp soil, their delicate feathery plumes brightening up a semi-shaded corner of my garden.
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Astilbe WITH all the rain we've been having lately, my astilbes are happier than ever, their delicate feathery plumes brightening up a semi-shaded corner.
ASTILBE: With all the rain we've had, my astilbes are happier than ever, in moist, damp soil, their delicate plumes brighten up a semi-shaded corner of my garden.
Astilbes produce their fluffy flower plumes in early Summer and are best suited to damp ground and some shade, such as the edge of a pond or bog garden.
Smaller dicentras can be grown with foxgloves, tall campanulas and astilbes.
This week's half price offer is for six Dark Leaf Astilbes for just pounds 5.
A Astilbes love very damp soils and will reward you with feathery plumes of flowers every year in shades of pink, white, red and purple.
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WITH all the rain we've been having lately, my astilbes are happier than ever, in moist, damp soil, their delicate feathery plumes brightening up a semi-shaded corner of my garden.
HERE'S your chance to pick up six astilbes for only pounds 3.