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PlantFiles: False Spirea, False Goat's-beard
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purple Candles'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis var. taquetii
Cultivar: Purple Candles
Additional cultivar information: (aka Purpurkerze)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jul 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

My favorite astilbe, too. The extra height gives it more garden presence than most, and the deep color is great. The inflorescences are well branched and need no staking. I like the way they look even after they've finished flowering.

Like other A. chinensis forms, this is somewhat less drought sensitive than other astilbes---not that I'd ever plant it in a dry or sunny spot, but it's a little less inclined to get brown foliage in the heat of summer. Like all astilbes, this needs consistently moist soil and protection from hot afternoon sun---I wouldn't grow it here in eastern Massachusetts without irrigation.

Positive catcollins On Mar 24, 2007, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is by far my favorite astilbe, and I have at least a dozen different types planted in my yard. I have a cluster tucked slightly under my deck, receiving bright light but no direct sun. This area receives runoff from the house and deck but has good drainage - the soil stays fairly moist, but is not wet. The foliage is deep green, arching, and very fern-like. The flower stalks are about 24" and stay in color for weeks. They are quite dramatic!


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

West Friendship, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Dearborn, Michigan
Little Falls, Minnesota
Springfield, Missouri
Columbia, South Carolina
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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