Astilbe biternata (Vent.) Britton
Appalachian False Goat's Beard, False Goatsbeard
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
USDA Symbol: ASBI4
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 goat's 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soil.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astilbe biternata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astilbe biternata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astilbe biternata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff