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Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Visions

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive InTheShade On Jun 16, 2005, InTheShade from Longmeadow, MA wrote:

Like the other forms of 'visions', this has very sturdy flower stalks and fairly coarse leaves. Nice dark purple flower color.

Positive Toxicodendron On Jun 22, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This astilbe has very solid, strong stems and is a compact grower compared to some others I have. The bright purple flowers are a knockout, but as they fade to brown it is not a pretty sight, so I deadhead immediately. Blooms in early June here in Missouri and reaches a blooming height of about 14 inches.

Positive hloussaert On Dec 30, 2002, hloussaert wrote:

Planted in the early summer this plant bloomed the first year. Cut back faded flowers after bloom time to show off the beautiful foliage.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Be sure to cut back faded flower stalks. Extra water may be needed in dry periods. Divide after 3-4 years in spring or fall. Astilbe requires a lot of nutrients, so give it some fertilizer at least once per growing season.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Bear, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
West Friendship, Maryland
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Novi, Michigan
Redford, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Piedmont, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
Honeoye Falls, New York
Southold, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Xenia, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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