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Purpurkerze Astilbe

SKU: AM014552
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A striking giant for the shade garden, 'Purpurkerze' Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Foliage is deeply-cut and carries a bronze tint. Like other astilbes, 'Purpurkerze' prefers shade and moist soils, but seems to have more tolerance for drought and sun. (Astilbe chinensis)
key features
Botanical Name
Astilbe chinensis Purpurkerze
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
36-42" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


Purpurkerze, at up to 42 inches tall, is one of the Chinese Astilbe group, which includes some of the tallest (and shortest) selections. Same easy culture as its smaller relatives.

About Astilbes: Easy to grow, tough and hardy, Astilbes are now a mainstay in all good perennial gardens. In fact, American gardeners are in the midst of a passionate love affair with Astilbes. Native to the far east, these beautiful plants and their hybrids have revolutionized the perennial possibilities of moist, shaded American gardens. They are companions of ferns and our favorite annuals, impatiens--one of the few flowers that make big color in full or partial shade.

The vast majority of the scores of hybrids now available are the work of one man, master hybridizer Georg Arends (Yes, that's why you keep seeing arendsii tacked onto hybrid names.) Mr. Arends, working in Ronsdorf, Germany spent decades hybridizing Sedums, Phlox, Campanulas....and his first love, Astilbes. In 1933, Arends introduced 74 different Astilbe cultivars, and there have been hundreds since.

These plume-flowered plants have ultra-handsome fern-like foliage, (usually dark glossy green) and stiff stems that always hold the elegant plumes aloft without any staking. Flower arrangers find the flower plumes are just as handsome in a vase as in a garden.

From tiny dwarfs to big draping hybrids, Astilbes are all quite easy to grow, as long as their ground does not dry out for long. They must have plenty of moisture, so choose your locations carefully.