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Purple Candles Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis ‘Purpurkerze’

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Purple Candles Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis ‘Purpurkerze’

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Botanical Name

Astilbe chinensis ‘Purpurkerze’

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Sun needs

Partial Sun, Shade



Most astilbe are a foot or two tall, but sometimes, perhaps in a larger bed, we want something taller and more statuesque. That’s the moment for the Purple Candles Astilbe. Flowering late in the season, after most of the other astilbe are over, this gorgeous plant sends up spires of flowers reaching 4 feet, deep burgundy stems and buds, erupting into glorious purple-pink columns. The stand above ferny foliage that grows about 2 feet tall, forming a substantial plant that really brings presence and structure to your shady beds. It thrives beside water and in damp soil, but unlike most other astilbe, this one is significantly more drought-resistant, and will grow in the sun in cooler zones. Plant it among hosta and tall ferns, with smaller astilbe and other shade-lovers in front. Very easy to grow and reliable, if it has sufficient moisture.

  • Very tall burgundy spires with purple-pink blooms
  • Mid-summer blooming, later than other astilbe
  • Substantial, 2-foot mound of ferny foliage
  • Easy to grow and ideal for shade and damp areas
  • More sun and dry-soil tolerant than many other astilbe

Grow the Purple Candles Astilbe in full sun if you live in cool zones, as it is more sun-tolerant than most other astilbe. Anywhere it will grow in afternoon shade and the light, dappled shade beneath deciduous trees, or in shadow zones, with shade and blue sky overhead. Does best in rich soil that is moist but well-drained, and also tolerates wet soil well. Grows in drier conditions than most other astilbe too, with some drought tolerance. Water new plants regularly until well-established. Pests, diseases, deer and rabbits all leave it alone, making this one of the easiest plants to grow. The spikes are strong and rarely need staking. Cut to the ground in late fall – that’s it, no more attention is needed.