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Astilbe Dark Side of the Moon

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$19.95 ea.
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A Lunar-Like Phenomenon!
Newly emerging yellow leaves eclipse to deep chocolate bronze as the foliage matures. Rosy-purple flowers on slender branched panicles add a celestial glow. Later blooming, Astilbe Dark Side of the Moon extends Astilbe flowering into late summer. Exemplary flowering performance with full sun and adequate moisture in the north, but also grows in shade. Astilbe chinensis will tolerate drier conditions than most; although with summer heat, it still prefers and performs best with some moisture. Astilbe lend a refined grace to perennial borders and are considered essential to the shade garden.

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Code ASDS

Patent PP35,461 'CPBRAF'

Plant Type Perennials

Species chinensis

Height Medium 20-22"

Spacing Plant 24-28" apart

Bloom Time Mid-Summer to Early Fall

Sun / Shade Mostly Sunny to Full Shade

Zones 4-9

Soil Type Normal, Clay, Acidic

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Product

Proven Winners

These varieties have been proven in trials around the world to be vigorous and easy to grow. Best of all, Proven Winners are known to be absolutely covered with vibrant, long-blooming flowers.

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • Wet Site Tolerant

Astilbe General Information

Astilbe lend a refined grace to perennial borders. Perfect for the shade garden along with Hostas and Ferns. Lush deeply cut foliage is attractive for the entire season and is colored from green to bronze. Effective anywhere with rich moist soil and partial shade. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Astilbe Plant Care

Low care. Needs moisture during dry spells. Dried heads can be left standing if desired or cut down at anytime. Can be divided every 3-5 years in early spring. Cut through woody crowns to separate eyes to form additional plants. Add fertilizer or compost if desired when planting or moving and in late fall to winter.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October