Purple Candles Astilbe ( false spirea )
Astilbe chinensis 'Purpurkerze'
Purpurkerze’ is a tall upright cultivar that forms a foliage mound (to 24” tall) of dark green leaves. Dark purplish flowers in thick panicles bloom in early summer atop branching stems rising to 42” tall. Flower color softens to lighter shades of purple with age. Plant in groups for maximum impact. In order to keep Astilbe looking good for the next year, do not cut it back in the winter, (the old foliage helps protect the plant from winter damage), but prune in early spring. Astilbe can be used as cut flowers, perennial borders or shade gardens with Hostas and Ferns. Astilbe is considered to be deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds.
Mature Height : 24-36"
Mature Width : 18-24"
Exposure : Full shade to filtered sun
Hardiness Zones : 4-9