Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard
Astilbe chinensis 'Crispa Perkeo'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Crispa Perkeo
Additional cultivar information:(aka Perkeo)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Dark/Black

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Leathery-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)

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

Regional

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

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 3, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

This cute, dwarf Astilbe has very dark green, crinkly green leaves that feel almost crispy. Unusual but worth searching for. It gets no more than 10" high in my garden. As with most other Astilbes, it doesn't like to dry out.

Positive

On Jan 30, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This astilbe you grow for the foliage. The plant is overall quite dwarf with narrow, dense spikes of deep pink flowers in late summer. The foliage, however, is the selling feature. The leaves are very dark green, shiny and quite stiff. In fact, the foliage looks and nearly feels like its made of plastic! Grow this one near the front of the border where people can touch it and be amazed it's an astilbe.