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Astilbe biternata (Vent.) Britt.
Appalachian false goat's beard, False goatsbeard
USDA Symbol: ASBI4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Appalachian false goat’s-beard is similar but much larger than the cultivated Astilbe flowers. This is a 2-6 ft. perennial with huge, white, feathery flower clusters and large, showy, fern-like leaves. Small, white or yellowish flowers in elongated clusters branching off a hairy stalk; clusters collectively form a large, much-branched, terminal cluster. The foliage is bright green and pinnately compound.
The species name refers to the double subdivision of the leaves. The flower masses of this southern plant are thought to resemble a goats beard and are similar to those of true Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) of the rose family (Rosaceae), which has at least 15 stamens and 3-5 pistils per flower; it is found from Ontario and Quebec south to Georgia, west to Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and north to Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
GA , KY , MD , MS , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV Native Distribution:
W. VA to w. KY, s. to GA Native Habitat:
Rich mt. woods; seepage slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2010-04-27
Research By: TWC Staff