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

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 in Pink
Additional cultivar information:(PP11860)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Spring Grove, Illinois

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Otis, Massachusetts

Revere, Massachusetts

Omaha, Nebraska

Wellsville, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

Walterville, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Hereford, Texas

Freeland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2009, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've transplanted this several times, trying to find a spot that the deer would not get to it. No such thing--so now I just use plenty of deer repellent spray. This year it has bloomed beautifully--which may be due to the wet summer we are having as astilbes like alot of water.


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

I like this astilbe very much. The pink blooms are very full and the color is a nice real pink. The leaves are a lighter green than most other astilbes, making a nice contrast. As with all 'Visions' astilbes, the flower stalks are very sturdy and the leaves are pleasantly coarse.