Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Candles' (Chinese Astilbe)
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Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Candles' (Chinese Astilbe)

Chinese Astilbe 'Purple Candles', False Spirea 'Purple Candles', False Goat's Beard 'Purple Candles', Astilbe 'Purple Candles', Astilbe chinensis 'Purpurkerze'


A strong color statement in the garden, Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Candles' (Chinese Astilbe) is a tall, clump-forming perennial boasting rich violet-red flowers held in dense, graceful plumes. Blooming in midsummer, each plume consists of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers opening in succession for a long lasting floral display. The blossoms are held on sturdy stems and rise above an attractive mound of fern-like, dark green leaves. The densely incised foliage remains attractive all season long under satisfactory growing conditions. This towering Astilbe is relatively trouble-free, requires little maintenance, is heavy shade tolerant, attracts butterflies but is deer and rabbit resistant. The perfect perennial for a shady border with dappled light.

  • Grows up to 42 in. tall (105 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm)
  • Part shade to full shade lover, this Astilbe thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, well drained soils. Don't let the soil dry out! Mulch should be added to reduce water evaporation and maintain moisture. 
  • May be planted in full sun in areas with cool summers with adequate moisture. In hot summer areas, shade is important.
  • Provides a spectacular flower show, whether planted in perennial borders, woodland gardens or in containers. Plant in groups for better visual effect.
  • Plumes make excellent fresh cut flowers and are great for drying in natural bouquets.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew.
  • No deadheading is required unless you do not like the look of the faded flower stalks. If allowed to remain, the dried seedheads will provide additional interest later in the season.
  • Should be divided about every 4 years to assure the maximum number of blooms.
  • Propagate by division.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Astilbes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Astilbes
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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