English Names: False goat's beard, Chinese astilbe.
Small rosy-violet blossoms in long, very showy, feathery clusters, much like those of the Spirea in form though more lax and reaching a length of two feet, borne on branching leafy stems from four to seven feet high. Foliage compound, like that of a rose, bronzy when young, turning to a rich dark green, forming a very handsome plant. Striking in the herbaceous border or amongshrubbery . Good also for cutting.
A hardy perennial of easy culture in any good garden soil. Prefers half-shade. Propagate by division.