Astilbe 'Washington'

Astilbe 'Washington'

A touch of grace.

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Astilbe ‘Washington’ has gorgeous plumes of white flowers that open midsummer to autumn. The flowers are teamed with lush, fern like, deep green foliage. It makes a handsome choice for a semi shade spot and they will even grow in boggy soils. The flowers have a soft, sweet perfume.

Astilbes thrive where many plants don’t, in moist soils with a morning sun to part shade position. There, their handsome, fern like foliage looks wonderful topped with their colourful, feathery plumes.

The flowers mature to bronze as the cooler weather sets in and can remain beautifully ornamental through autumn and winter, even after the foliage fades.

When picked, the flowers last incredibly well in arrangements and you can also dry them.

Plant Astilbe into a humus rich, moist soil. An acid PH is preferred but not demanded. Water in your Astilbe and keep them moist in active growth. You could add a little mulch in summer to help retain moisture around the roots. They are endemic to China, USA and Japan, where they grow beside streams and in damp woodlands. These herbaceous plants grow from rhizomes with the foliage emerging in spring.

Astilbe grow best in part shade, filtered light or morning sun positions – think Hostas, Hellebores and ferns. While they will grow in full shade, they won’t flower to their best and tend to stretch. In sunny positions you will need to ensure they have adequate moisture, or they may become straggly and will struggle to bloom. We have found rabbit and deer don’t bother these plants.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm



Botantical name

Astilbe japonica






Summer to autumn


Cool to Mediterranean


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Filtered Light

Supplied as



10 cm

Water needs