This newly designated genus contains a single species, A. tabularis (formerly known as Rodgersia tabularis), which is native to northern China. It is a curious thing with huge, bright green leaves that are round and flat and measure (on a mature plant) in excess of 24in across. The effect in the garden is dramatic, for there simply is no bolder foliage to be found among hardy perennials. Astilboides does flower, sending up creamy white, Astilbe-like plumes in July, but the leaves always steal the show. Grow with Ferns, Hostas, Astilbes, and other plants that share its preference for partial shade and evenly moist soil. Allow plenty of room for growth when planting, because a single specimen may reach 3ft tall and 3-4ft wide. This is not a plant for the Deep South or the desert Southwest.