False goat’s beard is the only astilbe native to North America!
An unusual showy floral display for a shade plant. Huge, feathery, terminal clusters of off-white flowers resemble those of true goat’s beard, Aruncus dioicus. Leaves are divided and large. A three-lobed terminal leaflet distinguishes false goats beard from true goats beard, Aruncus dioicus, which has an unlobed terminal leaflet.
Dioecious with separate male and female plants.
Provide rich moist soil in partial shade. Foliage decline can occur rapidly if soils are permitted to dry out. Can grow in full sun but only with consistent moisture. Plants can be slow to establish, but worth the wait! An excellent background plant!
Height: 3-6 ft.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: part shade to shade
Water: medium to wet