False Goat's Beard (Astilbe biternata) in the Astilbes Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet (.9-1.8 m)
Plant Spread: 18 to 30 inches (45-75cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: White to cream-yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Foliage Mound Height: 24 to 28 inches (60-70cm)
Underground structures: Rhizome
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Ca (Calcium)
Mg (Magnesium)
S (Sulfur)
Fe (Iron)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects

This tall wide form astilbe is a major player in the Daylily and

Photo gallery:
Location: Part Shade Pittsford NYDate: 2010-06-14This tall wide form astilbe is a major player in the Daylily and
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-10-05plant in border in early autumn
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-10-05foliage in early autumn
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 9, 2019 8:49 AM

This is the only Astilbe native to North America, and she is much taller than her Asian sisters of 17 other species. This Appalachian False Goatsbeard in the Saxifage Family is very similar to appearance to the American Goatsbeard of Aruncus dioicus in the Rose Family. There are some plants planted at Jenkins Arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania that I walked by for years thinking --"I already have photos of Goatsbeard," and then I just saw a good label saying what it really is. The best way to tell the difference between False Goatsbeard vs Goatsbeard is that the former has a 3-lobed terminal leaflet on the end of the large compound leaves while the latter has an unlobed terminal leaflet. This species is native from Maryland & West Virginia down to northern Georgia & Mississippi. She grows in rich mountain woods and seepage slopes. She is a very pretty perennial! There are a few native plant and specialty nurseries that sell this plant, but I don't know of any conventional ones that do.

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