astil·be | \ə-ˈstil-(ˌ)bē \

Definition of astilbe 

: any of a genus (Astilbe) of chiefly Asian perennials of the saxifrage family that have simple or usually compound leaves and are widely cultivated for their panicles of usually white, pink, or red flowers

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Charlotte’ veronica, Miss Lemon abelia, ‘Sunset’ runner bean, and ‘Vision in White’ astilbe. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 2018 The bouquet also included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Bouquet Was Placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey," 20 May 2018 The arrangement was comprised of scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and several flowers hand-picked by Harry from the couple's private garden at Kensington Palace. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Bouquet Is Surprisingly Similar to Kate's," 19 May 2018 Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 An assortment of blooming astilbes and tricyrtis (toad lilies) will be on display. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Faith Calendar," 13 Oct. 2017 Feverfew, astilbe and heuchera blooms, Queen Anne’s lace, dianthus, yarrow, goldenrod and love-in-a-mist work well in this role. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, "Plant a cutting garden that can sustain regular picking — and possibly your relationship," 12 July 2017 The arrangements are reported to be made up mostly of peonies, sweet peas, astilbe, freesia, waxflowers, and green bells. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See How Pippa Middleton Decorated the Inside of the Church Where She Got Married," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of astilbe

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astilbe

New Latin, from a- entry 2 + Greek stilbē, feminine of stilbos sparkling

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