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Astilbe, Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Purple Candles'

Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii

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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




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:

West Friendship, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Dearborn, Michigan

Little Falls, Minnesota

Springfield, Missouri

Columbia, South Carolina

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!