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False Goat's Beard Astilbe biternata

Description

A strikingly bold perennial wildflower with tall, white feathery flower plumes, and attractive fern-like leaves in the Saxifragaceae family.  False goat’s-beard is the only Astilbe native to North America and with its height of almost 6 feet it is more stiking than many of its cultivated cousins. Its showy floral display is exceptional and very unusual for a shade plant. It works well as a background plant in perennial planting beds, in woodland or shade gardens and makes for excellent cut flowers.

The flower masses of this southern plant are thought to resemble a goats beard and are similar to those of true Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) which has at least 15 stamens and 3-5 pistils per flower.

Compare this plant to: Astible x arendsiiAruncus dioicus


Companion Plants to provide contrast: Asarum canadense, Carex plantaginea, Heuchera americana

Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#cut flowers#woodland garden#shade garden#showy leaves#wet sites
Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#cut flowers#woodland garden#shade garden#showy leaves#wet sites
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Astilbe
    Species:
    biternata
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Large, elongated, much-branched, terminal cluster of small, white or yellowish flowers; ten stamens; hairy flower stalk; 4-5 narrow petals. Late spring to early summer.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Creamy white feathery pyramidal panicles
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green, up to 2-foot, pinnately compound leaves divided into two parts; divided again into three-toothed or lobed, ovate leaflets; terminal leaflet has three lobes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil