Astilbe x 'Chocolate Shogun'

Chocolate Shogun Astilbe

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

New!! Incredible dark glossy purple, chocolate-purple lacy foliage is the deepest darkest foliage color by far in an Astilbe. Blooms of soft pink appear in late summer to about 2 feet tall. 


More About Astilbe x 'Chocolate Shogun'

  • dark foliage form


Bred by Nagasaki Teruhisa of Aomori, Japan. Prefers light shade but can tolerate sun as long as soil is kept reasonably moist. Won a Silver Medal at the 2013 Plantarium, a prestigious Dutch trade show for hardy nursery stock.




 


Chocolate Shogun Astilbe Growing and Maintenance Tips

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. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.


Height:

18-24 ft

Spread:

18-20 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Astilbe x 'Chocolate Shogun' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Dried Flower
  • Ground Cover
  • Mass Plant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Good for Shady Sites

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Fall Color

  • Red

Flower Color

  • Light Pink

Habit

  • Spreading
  • Clumping