Japanese Astilbe
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Japanese Astilbe
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Japanese Astilbe, False goat's beard, false spirea, florist’s spirea
Botanical name: Astilbe japonica    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Hoteia barbata, Hoteia japonica

Japanese Astilbe is a herbaceous perennial that spreads via underground rhizomes. These plume-flowered plants have very handsome fern-like foliage, usually dark glossy green, and stiff stems that always hold the elegant plumes aloft. The plants sport abundant, open panicles of sparkling, clear pink flower plumes borne on upright, reddish stems. They are popular garden plants with numerous cultivars. In India they are cultivated in hill stations.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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