Common Name: Chinese Astilbe Astilbe C. Purple Candles

Height:42.0 Inches

Spread:18.0-24.0 Inches


Hardiness Zones:4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color:Purple-red shadesPurple shades

Foliage Color:Green shades


Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs

Soil Quality:Fertile Soil Quality


Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)


Attracts Wings:Bee Friendly


Critter Resistant:Deer ResistantRabbit Resistant

Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads

Growth Rate:Medium


Garden Style:EclecticRain GardenRock GardenWoodland Shade

Other Features:Border PlantCut FlowerCut FoliageDried FlowerFragrant FlowersFragrant FoliageMass Planting

Origin:Not Native to North America


  • Dense, poker-like plumes emerge a rich violet-red, then lighten up as they age


  • Blooms in midsummer


  • Bold, dark green foliage with a coarse texture


  • Has a unique look; makes a strong color statement in the garden

A member of Astilbe chinensis (Chinese Astilbe). A later blooming species useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Foliage is deeply incised, coarsely textured, and often bronze-green in color. Flowers are borne on narrow, branched panicles. Though garden performance is far superior in moist soils, members of this species are moderately drought tolerant. Shorter varieties such as 'Pumila' make excellent groundcovers.