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Astilbe simplicifolia ‘White Wings’

False spiraea, dwarf astilbe

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilySaxifragaceaeSaxifrage family; means “stone-breaking”
GenusAstilbeGreek for “not shining”
SpeciessimplicifoliaFrom Latin simplex, “simple,” and folia, leaves, for the simple (undivided) leaves
Cultivar‘White Wings’

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This is a cultivar of false spirea, named for its white, lacy flowers.

Identification: Flowers are white, fading to pale pink. Plants are about 1′ (38 cm) high. Foliage is dark green, fernlike.

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Astilbe simplicifolia ‘White Wings’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Astilbe simplicifolia (false spiraea, dwarf astilbe)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine · ≈ 2 × 3′ (59 × 88 cm)

Range: Zones 4-9:

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