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Astilbe biternata

Common Name(s):
False goat's beard
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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

Season:
Late spring to early summer
Height:
2-6 ft.
Flower Color:
Creamy white feathery pyramidal panicles
Foliage:
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
Flower:
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.
Zones:
5-8
Site:
Mountain woods, shaded, wet soil. Does not need sunlight to flower. Prefers cool climates but will do okay in heat if soil remains moist.
Propagation:
Root division when the plant is dormant
Soil:
Average to moist, rich, acidic
Regions:
Ontario and Quebec south to Georgia, west to Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and north to Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin
Origin:
Central Appalachians
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
showy leaves, showy flowers, wet sites, wet soil, woodland plant, shade garden plant, ornamental foliage, cut flowers, wet

NCCES plant id: 2500

Astilbe biternata Flowers
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