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Astilbe, Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Visions'

Astilbe chinensis

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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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.