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Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purple Candles'

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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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Category:
Perennials

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.

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.

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!

Regional...

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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