Botanical Name: Astilbe chinensis White Cloud
Common Name: False White Goats Beard
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 100
Astilbe chinensis White Cloud – These spring-blooming beauties, with attractive foliage and elegant flower plumes, are ideal for moist shaded areas, woodland and bog gardens. Clouds of soft white flower plumes float above the lacy , deep green foliage. Astilbe are long-lived perennials, which are very rabbit resistant, and attractive to a range of different butterflies. After the flowers are spent, the foliage alone is very beautiful and will add texture to the garden. This completely herbaceous perennial is spectacular planted in drifts to create that soft dreamy effect. For planting in normal garden beds, make sure plenty of compost and organic material is worked into the soil to help retain the moisture content. Water on a regular basis. 75cm x 50cm.
Sow Astilbe seeds in good quality compost or seed raising mix at any time. Surface sow onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Do not cover, light is needed for germination. Ideal temp. 15-20°C. Keep moist but not wet. Germination takes 1-3 months. If germination does not occur cold stratify. Move to 4°C for 1 month then return to warmth for germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots and grow on. Acclimatize and plant out after danger of frost has passed. Totally frost hardy once plants have matured.