Astilbe chinensis Dark Side of the Moon
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Chinese Astilbe

Dark Side of the Moon' is the only dark leafed Astilbe with purple flowers that's on the market. It is an exciting addition to the landscape with its rich deep chocolate burgundy leaves that form an incredibly attractive mound of foliage. Emerging leaves are yellow with a dark margin with a glossy sheen that become completely dark as they age. The dark stems hold raspberry buds that burst forth with rosy purple flowers. This performs best both for growing and flowering in full sun ith adequate moisture, but also grows in shade.

Growing and Maintenance Tips

To grow Astilbes well pay attention to their need for water. Do not let the soil dry out because the leaves will go crispy and drop off. Rich soil in partial shade is the best situation. In sun it will be hard to keep them moist enough and, in too much shade, they will not bloom well. Leave old foliage on until the spring to protect the crowns of the plants. 


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