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Astilbe arendsii ‘Gloria Purpurea’

Astilbe ‘Gloria Purpurea’ has a glorious play of huge light lavender pink, dense plumes. It has bronze foliage in spring that turns green by summer. Perfect for the shady bed or border, this midsummer bloomer is a must-have among the Hostas, Ferns, and other greens and blues of your shade planting! As beautiful as this Astilbe is in the garden, it also makes a fine cut-flower for fresh or dried bouquets.

One of the best things about Gloria Purpurea is that it doesn’t mind the moist, even wet soils that rot out many perennials. Ideal for waterside plantings, it thrives where the soil is constantly moist (though not poorly-draining). You can also set it in drier soil, but just be sure to keep it well watered during times of drought.


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Plant Details +

Size 2-3 eye
Height 24-30"
Spacing 18-24"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full Shade to Partial Shade
Foliage Dark Purple-Green, Fern-Like Leaves
Flower Lavender-Pink Plumes
Bloomtime Mid Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Astilbe arendsii 'Gloria Purpurea'

Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)

Family: Saxifragaceae

General Characteristics: A very floriferous Astilbe with purple-green foliage and big, blocky lavender-pink plumes. Super-floriferous and eye-catching from across the garden, this Astilbe boasts foot-long plumes of richest rose in early midsummer, PLUS purple-hued foliage from spring till frost! Big panicle flowers in July. Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. They are clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Foliage decline (leaf margins brown up), sometimes with significant dieback, may occur in hot summers and/or periods of drought if soils are not kept moist.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).