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Astilbe biternata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: cut flowers, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flowers of Astilbe biternata (false goat's beard)
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Astilbe biternata

Also known as:

false goat's beard


Appalachian false goat's beard


false goatsbeard

Scientific Synonyms:


Astilbe biternata is the only astilbe native to North America and, with flowering clusters reaching up to 6', is considerably taller and more impressive than its exotic cousins. The subdivided leaves are divided and large. It has huge, feathery, terminal clusters of off-white flowers that resemble those of the true goat's beard. Its showy floral display is exceptional and 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. The blooming period is late spring to early summer. Zones 5-8


Propagate by root division when the plant is dormant.

Additional Notes

May provide a beautiful accent to cut flower arrangements. "Companion plants providing contrasting textures include Asarum canadense, Carex plantaginea, and Heuchera americana."-- Mt. Cuba Center

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family
Genus Astilbe false goat\'s beard
Species Astilbe biternata false goat's beard