Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
astilbe 'Purpurlanze'


Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze,' also commonly known as Chinese Astilbe, is a perennial plant known for its striking and decorative foliage and flowers. It has a clump-forming habit and is characterized by its fern-like, deeply cut leaves which are often glossy and provide a lush, textured backdrop in garden settings. The Chinese Astilbe produces tall, slender plumes that are made up of tiny, densely clustered flowers. These blooms are rich in color, typically showcasing a vibrant purplish-pink hue that adds a bold splash of color to the landscape. The flower plumes are erect and rise gracefully above the mound of foliage, creating an airy and elegant display. The plant typically blooms in the mid to late summer, providing a refreshing burst of color during the hotter months of the year. The captivating flowers are not only visually appealing but also attract butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. In terms of its growth habit, the Chinese Astilbe is a well-behaved plant that forms a neat, mounded shape. It thrives in areas with partial to full shade and prefers moist, well-drained soils. With its striking, feathery flower spikes and attractive foliage, the Chinese Astilbe makes an excellent addition to shaded borders, woodland gardens, or as an accent plant in mixed flower beds.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Chinese Astilbe, Purple Lance, False Goat's Beard, False Spirea

    • Common names

      Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      "Astilbe, commonly known as false goat's beard or false spirea, is generally not considered toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of poisoning or severe adverse reactions from ingesting any part of this plant. However, as with many plants, individual sensitivities can vary, and it's always advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants.

    • To pets

      "Astilbe, also known as false goat's beard or false spirea, is not toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. It is considered a non-toxic plant, so there is no need to worry about poisoning if your pet happens to ingest parts of the plant. However, as with ingestion of any plant material, gastrointestinal upset is always a possibility if a pet eats a large amount.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      China Korea


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Provides nectar and habitat for beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for busy gardeners or beginners.
    • Multi-Season Interest: Features attractive foliage, stunning flower spikes, and striking seed heads for visual interest through multiple seasons.
    • Shade Tolerance: Thrives in shaded areas where many other plants struggle to grow.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, demonstrates a degree of drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Erosion Control: Helps stabilize soil in gardens, reducing the impact of erosion from rain or wind.
    • Deer Resistance: Less palatable to deer, which can help prevent damage to the plant and surrounding vegetation.
    • Easy to Propagate: Can be easily propagated by division, allowing gardeners to expand their garden without additional cost.
    • Color Variety: Offers a variety of colors that can complement different garden designs and color schemes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Astilbe 'Purpurlanze' can be used as a natural fabric dye, giving textiles a subtle, soft color variation due to its pigments.
    • The stems of 'Purpurlanze' are sturdy and can be used in basketry or woven into small crafts for decorative purposes.
    • The plumes of this 'Purpurlanze' make a delicate addition to pressed flower art, retaining their shape and color when dried carefully.
    • With its attractive foliage, 'Purpurlanze' can be used to create interesting contrasts in foliage-themed floral arrangements.
    • The dried seed heads of 'Purpurlanze' can be mixed into potpourri to add visual interest and texture to the mixture.
    • For nature photography, the 'Purpurlanze' offers a stunning subject due to its vibrant color and feathery plumes.
    • When planted in outdoor classroom settings, 'Purpurlanze' can be used to teach children about pollinators that are attracted to the plant.
    • The plant's dense growth can be used to create a natural privacy screen in small garden areas.
    • Astilbe 'Purpurlanze' can be planted around ponds or water features to prevent soil erosion with its root system.
    • Artists can use the fine texture of the 'Purpurlanze' flowers as inspiration for intricate patterns in drawings and textile design.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The False Goat's Beard is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The False Goat's Beard is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Persistence and Strength: The robust nature of the False Goat's Beard, as it's tough and can thrive in conditions where other plants might falter, symbolizes a person’s capacity to persevere through challenging circumstances.
    • Hope: It blooms with lush plumes of flowers, which can symbolize hope and the belief that something beautiful can emerge from adversity.
    • Water Associations: Given the plant’s preference for moist conditions, it can represent the flowing and adaptable nature of water, symbolizing flexibility and adaptability in life.
    • Delicacy and Airiness: The feathery plumes of the False Goat's Beard can represent a lightness and delicacy in life, reminding us of the finer, more ethereal aspects of existence.

Every 3-4 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanze', it is important to maintain consistently moist soil, as they thrive in damp conditions. Water these perennials deeply once or twice a week, providing about one inch of water each time, which is approximately half a gallon for a standard-sized plant. During hot or dry periods, increase watering frequency to prevent the soil from drying out, ensuring you're not just wetting the surface but moistening the soil to a good depth. In cooler, wetter climates, you might need to water less frequently. Always check the moisture level of the soil before adding water to avoid overwatering.

  • sunLight

    Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanze' flourishes in partial shade to full shade conditions. They should be positioned in a location that receives filtered sunlight or only morning light, as too much direct sun, especially during the hot afternoon hours, can scorch their leaves. Ideal planting spots include north-facing gardens or under the canopy of deciduous trees where they can receive bright indirect light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanze' is hardy and can survive in a broad range of temperatures. They can tolerate minimum winter temperatures down to around -30 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants are happiest in cooler conditions, with ideal growing temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the growing season. They may struggle in extreme heat, above 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanze' is mainly done to remove spent flower stalks and to tidy up the plant. Prune back dead flower stems after blooming to encourage healthy foliage and possibly a second, smaller flush of flowers. In early spring, as new growth starts, cut away any dead or damaged foliage from the previous year. The best time for major pruning is in the spring before new growth begins in earnest.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Purple Lance Astilbe thrives in moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A mix composed of garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or coarse sand would be ideal to ensure proper moisture retention and drainage. Regular addition of compost or well-rotted manure will enrich the soil and support healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Purple Lance Astilbe should be divided and repotted every 3 to 4 years to rejuvenate the plant and prevent overcrowding. Spring or early fall is the best time to repot, ensuring that the root systems have time to establish before the extremes of summer or winter.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Purple Lance Astilbe prefers high humidity levels, consistent with its native woodland habitats. Aim to maintain about 60-80% humidity around the plant. Although it can tolerate lower humidity, increased humidity can promote vigorous growth and lush foliage.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure moist soil, filtered light, and high humidity indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in shade, keep soil moist, and mulch to retain moisture.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Purple Lance (Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze') begins with seed germination in the spring, after a period of stratification which helps to break the seed dormancy. Following germination, the plant develops a basal rosette of leaves and establishes a strong root system. In its second year and subsequent years, the Purple Lance enters a growth phase where feathery plumes of purple flowers bloom atop sturdy stems in mid to late summer, attracting pollinators and adding vibrant color to the garden. After flowering, seeds are produced and dispersed, and the plant enters a period of dormancy in the fall as foliage dies back with the onset of cooler temperatures. Throughout winter, the plant remains dormant, storing energy in its rhizomes underground. With the return of warm weather in spring, the cycle begins anew as new growth emerges from the rhizomes, preparing for another season of flowering.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze', commonly known as Purple Lance Chinese Astilbe, is typically propagated by division. The best time to divide this plant is in the early spring or late fall when it is not in active growth. To propagate by division, one should carefully dig up the clump of astilbe, ensuring to preserve as much of the root system as possible. The clump should then be gently teased apart into smaller sections, making sure that each section has at least one growth bud. These sections can then be replanted into prepared soil with good moisture retention and shade, as Purple Lance Chinese Astilbe thrives in these conditions. The soil should be kept evenly moist especially during the first growing season to ensure the divisions establish well.