One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World plant of the saxifrage family, with plumes of tiny white, pink, or red flowers.
Genus Astilbe, family Saxifragaceae
- ‘Here a bouquet of dahlias, astilbe, and love-lies-bleeding is tucked into a wire basket embellished with supermarket rhubarb.’
- ‘The following plants can be woven together with large hostas and astilbes to make an ordinary shade garden look stunning.’
- ‘The contrast of their foliage with that of ferns, astilbe, solomon seal and epimedium further enhances the woodland surroundings.’
- ‘Covering the hillside around the patio is a tapestry of astilbes, azaleas, campanulas, ferns, hellebores, hostas, Japanese maples, moss, and rhododendrons.’
- ‘To encourage wildlife, they planted cotoneaster to provide winter fruit for birds, while the pond, edged with bamboos, sedges, grasses, astilbes, hostas and candelabra primulas, attracts both insects and birds.’
- ‘Maybe some new hostas or a few astilbes would look nice?’
- ‘Next, to create a casual country look, she interspersed three large stones in the bed, then planted flowering perennials such as astilbe, columbine, delphinium, and hellebore among them.’
- ‘Pots filled with astilbes, delphiniums, and roses create a cottage effect on a San Francisco rooftop.’
- ‘For example, I've planted early-blooming bulbs and forget-me-nots right next to iris, astilbes, and lilies, which camouflage the early-flowering plants as they begin to die back.’
- ‘Peonies, irises, daylilies, and delphiniums peak as phlox come into bud and astilbes begin to light up shady garden spots.’
- ‘They also don't eat anemones, astilbes, junipers, foxgloves, daffodils, ferns, grasses and a whole host of things.’
- ‘So we left the question of statuary for another day and contented ourselves with packing a trolley with roses, clematis, honeysuckle, a climbing hydrangea, hardy geranium, and astilbe.’
- ‘Not as bold in form, but available in colours that range from pure white to pink to deep red, is astilbe.’
Modern Latin, from Greek a- ‘not’ + stilbē, feminine of stilbos ‘glittering’ (because the individual flowers are small and inconspicuous).
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