astil·​be | \ ə-ˈstil-(ˌ)bē How to pronounce astilbe (audio) \

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

Examples of astilbe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Express, her bouquet featured trailing jasmine, light pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O'Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, baby pink astilbe and, in keeping with royal tradition, and of course: myrtle. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Princess Beatrice's Wedding Echoed Meghan and Kate's In a Sweet Way," 21 July 2020 For her own version, Princess Beatrice chose an arrangement filled with trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astilbe. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice's Pale Pink Wedding Bouquet Included This Traditional Flower," 18 July 2020 Some perennials, such a coneflower and yarrow, revel in bright sun from morning until night while others, such as astilbe and old-fashioned bleeding heart, do best in afternoon shade. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Most Common Perennial Garden Mistakes to Avoid," 18 June 2020 Purple hydrangea, silver and gold astilbe sprays and silver snowflakes add color to the 10-foot-tall Christmas tree at the base of the sweeping staircase. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 There were white roses and pink astilbe, blue bachelor buttons and red coneflowers, white lysimachia and purple limonium. Denise Coffey,, "NEPS Opens Full Service Florist Shop," 22 July 2019 Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 Meghan's Bouquet Meghan carried a modest collection of forget-me-nots, sweet pears, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and a spring of myrtle. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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“Astilbe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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