Well-branched, rose-purple flowers fade to light pink and are slightly fragrant
Large, open panicles on small, compact plants
Rust-colored seed heads are particularly outstanding
Blooms in mid to late summer
Glossy, deep green leaves with darker leaf margins
A member of Astilbe simplicifolia (Astilbe). A species characterized by glossy, mid-green leaves which are lobed, not divided. Plants form compact mounds that look good even without flowers. Open, airy panicles of star-like flowers are followed by ornamental seed heads which provide a few additional months of interest. Slower to establish than A. arendsii, requiring about 3 years to reach maturity.