Herb latin name: Astilbe chinensis
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Edible parts of Astilbe chinensis:Young shoots. No more details are given.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Damp woods and along shady streams. Open broad-leaved forests, forest edges and amongst shrubs. Forests, forest margins, meadows, valleys and riversides, 400 - 3600 metres.
Other uses of Astilbe chinensis:A first class ground cover plant, the lower-growing cultivar "Pumila" is particularly recommended.
Propagation of the herb: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. 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.
Cultivation of Astilbe chinensis:Damp woods and along shady streams. Open broad-leaved forests, forest edges and amongst shrubs. Forests, forest margins, meadows, valleys and riversides, 400 - 3600 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Astilbe chinensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.