These are from our 2010 seed collection on in the Damingshan range in China not far from the Vietnam border. This is an area virtually unexplored by western botanists or any other westerners for that matter. These were growing in the shade of mixed shrubs. Light pink airy panicles of flowers to 30" or more.
A very dwarf and often hard to find Astilbe that couples congested dark green foliage which is reddish bronze when in new growth with stout little spires of pink flowers. Don't be mislead by its small stature into thinking this is some ephemeral dainty - it is tough and durable.
Dense congested foliage especially beautiful in spring as the new growth is a reddish bronze. Stout full flower spikes of a good pink stay under a foot tall. This received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticulural Society so you know its good!