Mighty Chocolate Cherry Astilbe

June 27, 2023
Adams Fairacre Farms

Cherry and chocolate are a perfect combo in the garden as well as in dessert! At almost 4 feet tall, towering cherry-red plumes brighten up the shade garden atop chocolate-red stems that begins to flower in mid-summer, when other astilbe are beginning to wane. The deeply divided foliage is dark green with chocolate-brown and red overtones, bringing color and contrast when this lovely plant isn’t in bloom. Robust grower, forming impressive mounds in moist, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established, low maintenance and deer resistant. Excellent for cut flowers, containers, foundations and borders.

Optimal Growing Conditions

Hardiness Zone
Zones 3-8

Water Needs
Average to moist

Sun Needs
Part Sun to Full Shade

Appearance and Characteristics


Flower Color
Red shades

Foliage Color
Dark green shades

Blooming Time

36-48 Inches

24-36 Inches

Plant Uses & Characteristics
Easy maintenance
Good cut flowers
Attracts bees
Deer resistant

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