Astilbe 'Black Pearls'

Astilbe 'Black Pearls'

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A New Color for Astilbe | Cold Hardy to Zone 3
SKU 28848
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Key Characteristics

3 - 8

Mature Height

2.3 Feet

Mature Width

20 IN

Sun / Shade

Part Shade, Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Astilbe 'Black Pearls'

Astilbe 'Black Pearls' emerges as a captivating late-flowering variety, introducing a novel color palette to the astilbe family with its feathery bright purple plumes, tinged with a subtle hint of blue. This hardy perennial is a standout, offering vibrant mid to late summer interest. Its robust stems ensure the flowers remain upright and proud, never succumbing to flopping, making them perfect for both fresh and dried floral arrangements. As the season transitions, the plant's ornamental seed heads continue to add visual interest, ensuring your garden remains lively into the late season.

Belonging to the Astilbe chinensis group, known commonly as Chinese astilbe, false spirea, or goat's beard, 'Black Pearls' boasts a dense, leafy, clump-forming presence. It is adorned with exceptionally dark green foliage, presenting an upright habit that gently expands through rhizomes. This variety is particularly suited for containers, mixed beds, and borders, thriving in the dappled shadows of shade gardens, where its unique blooms can truly shine.

Cultivating 'Black Pearls' is both easy and rewarding, thanks to its low maintenanceneeds. It flourishes in dappled sunlight to full shade, thriving in organically rich, humusy, moist, and well-drained soil. While it requires consistent moisture to thrive, 'Black Pearls' is recognized for its superior sun and drought tolerance compared to other Astilbe x arendsii hybrids, making it a resilient addition to a wide range of garden settings. Moreover, its resistance to deer and rabbits adds to its appeal, ensuring your garden remains untouched by local wildlife.

What sets Astilbe 'Black Pearls' apart is not just its stunning blooms but also its ability to bring a touch of elegance and intrigue to any garden space. Its unique coloration—bright purple with a whisper of blue—offers a cooling contrast to the warm hues of summer gardens. Additionally, this variety is known for attracting pollinators, adding a buzz of life to its surroundings. The plant's versatility, from its placement in shady nooks to its role as a border standout, underscores its value in garden design.

Astilbe 'Black Pearls' is more than a garden plant; it's a statement of beauty and resilience, embodying the enchantment of late summer. Its ease of care, coupled with its distinctive appearance, makes it a must-have for gardeners looking to add depth and character to their outdoor spaces.

Feathery perennial astilbe has colorful blooms and showy foliage. Astilbe plants are low maintenance and thrive in shade gardens. Learn how to plant and care for astilbe in our Astible Care Guide.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Astilbe
Species chinensis
Variety 'Black Pearls'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Part Shade, Shade
Bloom Color Purple
Bloom Season Start Mid Summer
Bloom Season End Late Summer
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Pest Resistant
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Flower
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI

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