Astilbe, Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Vision in Red'

Astilbe chinensis

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

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 is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


On May 12, 2012, SallieKr from (Sallie) 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:


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

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

This is a patented plant.


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.


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