Astilbe (Astilbe Chinensis Pumila) - Pumila Astilbe Chinensis flower seed produces the most versatile Astilbe we know! It creates a wonderful ground cover for moist, shaded areas and is more tolerant of heat and temporary drought than other Astilbe plants. The foliage is a bronze-green color, and is topped with petite, rosy-pink plumes. Astilbe perennials are clump-forming and feature graceful, fern-like mounds of lovely foliage with plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems. Astilbe Pumila prefers a moist soil; however, it does tolerate dryness better than others. Astilbe seeds grow easily and soon there will be some wonderful color for the shade garden. Blooms begin in midsummer and continue until fall. Astilbe flower seeds are usually sown indoors in early spring and transplanted outside when the weather is warmer. Use a loose, soft soil mix, and plant the Astilbe flower seeds on the surface, pressing them into the soil. Make sure that the soil drains well and is able to keep the flower seeds moist, but not wet, at all times. For the best results, add in a little fertilizer that has a high concentration of nitrogen. Keep the Astilbe plants inside until the seedlings reach about 2 inches in height. Transplant after last frost.