Astilbe chinensis var. pumila

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Astilbe chinensis var. pumila Vilm.

Saxifragaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: tripinnate

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: follicle

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Saxifraganae
Ordo:
Saxifragales

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is a perennial.

Naming

Taxonomy

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is a variety in the genus Astilbe which contains approximately 30 to 48 species and belongs to the family of the Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 20 to 25 centimetres.

Leaves

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is deciduous. The light-green, tripinnate leaves are alternate. The ovate leaflets are dentate and petiolate. The leaves are around 10 to 20 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila produces panicles of pink five-stellate flowers from August to September.

The perennials produce follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is native to Tibet.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • flower beds (rich soil)
  • open areas
  • woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)
  • woods (soil usually rich in organic material)

Uses

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila is considered excellent cultivar. The recommended planting distance is 35 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 5 to 15. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as groundcover, slope plant and as cut flowers.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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