Astilbe chinensis ‘Purpurkerze’

(Astilbe 'Purple Candles')


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Chinese astilbes are slowly spreading, rhizomatous plants which bloom later than the Arendsii hybrids. ?Purpurkerze? is a tall upright cultivar that forms a foliage mound (to 24? tall) of dark green leaves. Dark purplish red flowers in thick panicles bloom in early summer atop branching stems rising to 42? tall. Flower color softens to lighter shades of purple with age.

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Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Chinese astilbes are generally noted, however, for having better sun and drought tolerance than other species of astilbe. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).

Additional information

Common Name

Astilbe 'Purple Candles'

Botanical Name

Astilbe chinensis 'Purpurkerze'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade


2 to 4 ft.


1.5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

June to July

Flower Color

Purplish- red



Foliage Color

dark green

Deer Resistant


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