Chinese astilbe ‘Purple Lance’

Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’  has vertical plumes that punctuate the light plate, contrasting well with the neighboring beebalms and grasses.

It is a mound-forming perennial with dark green, fern-like leaves. A. ‘Purpurlanze’ prefers rich soil in semi-shady areas but can take full sun in our garden as long as it gets enough water. In late summer it sends up lances of purple flowers that can grow to four feet tall. The tight plumes of flowers fade to lavender in fall and eventually a caramelly-tan which stands erect into the winter.

Botanical Name Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’
Common Name Chinese astilbe ‘Purple Lance’
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 2-4ft x 1.5-2ft (60-120cm x 45-60cm)
Flower Color Purple, Red
Attracts Wildlife Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. A. chinensis var. taquetii is native to China and Japan. A. ‘Purpurlanze’ is of horticultural origin.
Location in Lurie Garden East Dark Plate, Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate


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