Wonderful filler with a fluffy pyramidal panicle of tiny florets that has linear dynamics but also lends soft textures to any design. Astilbe used to be a tender, delicate product but over the last ten years new introductions are much stronger, and now available in a widening spectrum of colors. It also has very attractive deep cut leaves. Originally from Asia, this flower is now widely grown around the world in temperate climates. Modern hybrids are derived from crosses with A. japonica, A, chinensis and A. thunbergii.