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An instant classic for the landscape! 'Dark Side of the Moon' is the only dark leafed Astilbe with purple flowers that's on the market. Rich deep chocolate burgundy leaves 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. Dark stems hold raspberry buds that burst forth with rosy purple flowers. This performs best both for growing and flowering in full sun in the north with adequate moisture, but also grows in shade.

A member of Astilbe chinensis (Chinese Astilbe). A later blooming species useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Foliage is deeply incised, coarsely textured, and often bronze-green in color. Flowers are borne on narrow, branched panicles. Though garden performance is far superior in moist soils, members of this species are moderately drought tolerant.

 

Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there.

Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop.

Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant.

 

Informaiton and photos from Walters Gardens

Astilbe 'Darkside of the Moon'

SKU: 9660618893861
$12.95Price
  • Common Name Astilbe
    Plant Type Perennial
    Zone 4-9

    Height

    Scape Height

    24-28""

    28-34"

    Spread 24-28"
    Growth Habit Upright, Mounding
    Growth Rate Medium
    Bloom Time Late Summer
    Light
    Requirements

    Full Sun (>6 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Full Shade (<4 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Water Needs

    Low Water Needs
    Average Water Needs

    Soil Type

    Fertile Soil Quality

    Animal
    Resistance
    Deer,
    Rabbit
    Tolerance  
    Uses

    Border Plant

    Container

    Cut Flower

    Cut Foliage

    Dried Flower

    Fragrant Flowers

    Mass Planting

    Specimen

    Origin Not Native to North America
    Attracts Wings: 

    Bee Friendly                                       

        

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