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Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanz' (Chinese Astilbe)

Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanz', False Spirea 'Purpurlanz', False Goat's Beard 'Purpurlanz', Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purple Lance'


A later flowering variety with lance shaped flower spikes rather than tufted plumes, Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanz' (Chinese Astilbe) is a tall, upright perennial boasting purple flowers held in dense, graceful plumes. Blooming in late summer to early fall, each plume consists of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers opening in succession for a long lasting floral display. They fade to lavender as the flowers mature before turning a rich caramel color which provides winter interest to the garden. The blossoms are held on sturdy stems and rise above an attractive mound of fern-like, dark green leaves. This exquisite 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.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 24 in. tall (60 cm), extending to 4 ft. high with the flowers (120 cm) and spreads 24 in. (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 (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, 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 (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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