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: 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

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


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.

Additional Notes

May provide a beautiful accent to cut flower arrangements.

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