Botanical: Astilbe arendsii 'Gloria Purpurea'
Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)
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.