Astilbe thunbergii - (Siebold.&Zucc.)Miq.
Common Name Astilbe
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny grassy slopes, C. and S. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Rounded.

Astilbe thunbergii Astilbe
Astilbe thunbergii Astilbe
Physical Characteristics
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Astilbe thunbergii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Young leaves - cooked[177, 183]. The leaves are a tea substitute[183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Woodland garden. Succeeds in a rich garden soil if this stays reliably moist in the summer[1]. Requires a wet or moist peaty soil in sun or partial shade[187]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 to 7[200]. Prefers partial shade[200]. The plant is found in sunny habitats in the wild[58]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage.
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame until they are at least 20cm tall. Plant them out in the summer, or late in the following autumn. Division in spring. This is best done every 3 - 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant[200]. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whist smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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