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Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Purple'

False Spirea

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‘Little Vision in Purple’ differs from ‘Visions’ by its more compact plant habit, more finely dissected leaves, and darker colored flowers. These flowers form a dense block of fuzzy, pyramidal shaped, lavender plumes, presented just above the coarsely textured, dark green foliage in midsummer. Like all Astilbe chinensis types, this one exhibits a bit greater tolerance to drier soils and can tolerate full sun.


A member of Astilbe chinensis(Chinese Astilbe). A later blooming species useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Foliage is deeply incised, coarsely textured, and often bronze-green in color. Flowers are borne on narrow, branched panicles. Though garden performance is far superior in moist soils, members of this species are moderately drought tolerant. Shorter varieties such as 'Pumila' make excellent groundcovers.

Height:

12-15 in

Spread:

14-16 in

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

False Spirea Growing and Maintenance Tips

Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there.

Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop.

Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant.

Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Purple' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Mass Plant
  • Container
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Fragrant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Plants that work well with Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Purple'

Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Empress Wu')
Heartleaf Alkanet Heartleaf Alkanet (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Obsidian')