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I have a deep pink Astilbe which is two years old. This year there's a large shoot growing with white flowers on. Is this normal?
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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,536
    Mine seed about. Maybe a seed hitched a ride on your plant and has just reached flowering size?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794
    Is the interloper definitely an Astilbe, or is it something else?
    A pic would help if you can manage it. The icon with the pic that looks like hills is the one to click on  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The stem and the leaves on the interloper are exactly the same as the Astilbe but the flower is different. Have included photos. 
  • Hopefully somebody out there can help. I'm not sure whether to cut it out or not.  B)
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,716
    That looks like a common rue, Thalictrum
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794
    I think it's meadowsweet - Filipendula. 
    The foliage is different from Astilbes. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,295
    I agree, it's meadowsweet.
    I love it, and have quite a few different types in the various damp bits of my garden.

    I would carefully take it out, and put it in a damp spot .... it will soon bulk up.

    Bee x
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    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794
    Hedgerows round here are rammed with it just now @Bee witched. Lovely. 
    I'd quite like some for the bits in my garden where I have white Camassias. Would give a nice succession.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,295
    Yes ... the ditches around here are full of it too.

    It's a great source of pollen for our honeybees .... if it's really warm (which it is now) they can also take the nectar too.

    I grow Filipendula purpurea which is just coming into flower, Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea' ... which I only planted this spring so is still beefing up, and Filipendula vulgaris which has a much more ferny foliage and seeds around nicely.

    I agree .... camassias don't die very tidily  rolleyes

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794

    I agree .... camassias don't die very tidily  rolleyes

    Bee x
    Aye - messy b*ggers  :D
    Mine are among shrubs mostly, but I have a clump which could do with something in front of them. I might move some in behind an Actea that's further along. 

    F. ulmaria Aurea looks like a nice plant. Might have a look for that    :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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