Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7
Additional Tags: cut flowers, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Astilbe biternataAlso known as:
false goat's beard,
Appalachian false goat's beard,
Probably the tallest of the native astilbes, Astilbe biternata can reach a height of 5 feet or more. The subdivided leaves are fern-like. It has huge, feathery, terminal clusters of off white flowers that resemble those of the true goat's beard. Its showy floral display is unusual for a shade plant.
Native to the central Appalachians, false goat's beard grows in average, moist soil and requires little if any direct sunlight. This can be a spectacular addition to any shade or woodland garden. It prefers cooler temperatures but will do well in the heat provided the soil is not allowed to dry out. Can bloom from April to July. Zones 6 - 7
Propagate by root division when the plant is dormant.
May provide a beautiful accent to cut flower arrangements.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
|Genus||Astilbe||false goat\'s beard|
|Species||Astilbe biternata||false goat's beard|