Common Names: Astilbe, False Goats Beard, False Spirea
Botanical names: Astilbe
Availability: May through August
Vase life: Astilbe lasts 7 to 14 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Dense, feathery plumes of flowers above fern-like foliage.
Color: Various shades of red, white and pink
Botanical facts: Commonly found in the mountain ravines and dense woodlands of North America and Asia. In traditional medicine the plant has been used for the treatment of ulcer, bleeding during child birth, inflammation, body ache, diarrhea, and dysentery.
Design notes: Astilbe as cut flowers are excellent to use as line material and make a beautiful addition to summer flower bouquets.
Purchasing hints: Purchase strong upright stems with fully opened blossoms.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: In Greek, the name Astilbe means "without brilliance" or "without sheen" and alludes to the fact that the individual flowers of this species are small and inconspicuous. Astilbe flowers are a symbol of patience and dedication to a beloved one. If you give this flower away, you give the promise that you will be waiting for this person