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Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Red'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Visions in Red
Additional cultivar information: (PP11965, aka Vision in Red)
Hybridized by van Veen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
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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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mehitabel45 On Oct 28, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought Visions, non-patented, at the same time as Vision in Pink, a much lighter pink, and Vision in Red, a much darker. They all bloom at the same time, and form a perfect triangle of color in the summer. Very easy care, and the slugs don't like them as well as hostas.
They aren't particularly long-lived, so division every 3 years helps guarantee having them around.

Positive bottlegreen On Aug 26, 2013, bottlegreen from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I just bought 4 of these, already in bloom. If you're looking for red, you'll be disappointed, but the color is gorgeous: a glowing fuchsia. And the leaves are pretty, too.

Neutral darylmitchell On Jun 9, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Had some foliage loss during the first year. Very late emergence in spring - originally I thought it had died. Likes moist soil and will suffer if it dries out.

Neutral SallieKr On May 12, 2012, SallieKr from Cherry Valley, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just purchased this plant, and mine is also tagged 'Vision in Red'. Info on the patent (PP11,965) is included in the description at the Missouri Botanical Garden website:

Neutral Gabrielle On Aug 1, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

My plant tag has this listed as 'Vision in Red'.

This is a patented plant.

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

I gave this a positive rating because it is a beautiful plant and flower, but I'm disappointed that the flower color is only very slightly redder that the regular 'visions'. It didn't add anything significant to my collection of astilbes.

Positive southernOhio On Jan 17, 2005, southernOhio from Proctorville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Moist shady gardens. Late blooming variety with bronze green foliage. Dense, upright purple-red blooms on sturdy stems. Blooms late summer. 18"; Prefers consistent soil moisture. Grows well at water;s edge, Zone 3-8


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

Bear, Delaware
Marietta, Georgia
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Pinconning, Michigan
Massapequa, New York
Dayton, Ohio
Knoxville, Tennessee
Hereford, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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