any plant of the genus Astilbe, of the saxifrage family, having spirelike clusters of small white, pink, or reddish flowers.

1825; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek stilbḗ, feminine of stilbós glittering Unabridged
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astilbe (əˈstɪlbɪ)
any perennial saxifragaceous plant of the genus Astilbe of E Asia and North America: cultivated for their ornamental spikes or panicles of pink or white flowers
[C19: New Latin, from Greek: not glittering, from a-1 + stilbē, from stilbein to glitter; referring to its inconspicuous individual flowers]

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That's why the astilbe that one deer shuns is a perfectly acceptable munchie to another.
Especially attractive are hostas, astilbe, and emerging lilies and other bulbs.
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