Dense, poker-like plumes emerge a rich violet-red, then lighten up as they age. 'Purple Candles' blooms in midsummer. It's bold, dark green foliage with a coarse texture has a unique look which makes a strong color statement in the garden. 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.
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