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False Buck's Beard

Astilbe spp.

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
90 centimetres tall
Gardens, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Compact pink or red spike. Flowers have 4 to 5 petals. 3 styles.
A capsule.
Fern-like in appearance. Alternate, stalked compound leaves with small oval, pointed leaflets. Leaflets have serrated margins.
Some Astilbe species have a pleasant aroma.
Other Names:
Bride’s Feathers, Bride’s Feathers, False Goat's-beard, False Spiraea, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Spaghetti Flower.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Astilbe is a genus of flowering plants in the family Saxifragaceae. They are native to Asia and North America and are commonly found in moist, shaded areas, such as woodlands and along streams. Astilbe plants are herbaceous perennials that produce feathery plumes of flowers in shades of pink, red, or white. They are popular garden plants and are valued for their ability to thrive in moist soil and their ability to tolerate partial shade. Astilbes are commonly used in landscaping as border plants, in mass plantings, or as cut flowers. They are also popular in floral arrangements.


False Bucksbeard, also known as Astilbe, is a beautiful perennial flowering plant that is native to Asia and North America. It is well known for its delicate and graceful spikes of tiny flowers that bloom in shades of pink, red, white, and purple. The foliage is also a standout feature of this plant, with fern-like leaves that create an attractive texture in the garden.

False Bucksbeard is a popular choice for gardeners due to its versatility and ease of care. It thrives in moist and well-drained soil, making it an ideal plant for moist woodland gardens, shade gardens, and water gardens. It also does well in partial sun, which makes it a great option for those looking to add some color to shadier areas of their yard.

Another advantage of Astilbe is that it is a low-maintenance plant. It requires minimal pruning, and pests and diseases are generally not a problem. The plant is also deer-resistant, which makes it a great choice for those living in areas where deer are common.

In addition to its beauty and ease of care, False Bucksbeard is also a popular choice for cut flower arrangements. The spikes of flowers are long-lasting and make a stunning addition to bouquets and floral arrangements.

If you're interested in growing Astilbe in your garden, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Planting: Astilbe prefers a moist, well-drained soil, so make sure to amend the soil with organic matter before planting. It's also important to plant Astilbe in an area where it will receive partial sun or shade.

  2. Watering: Astilbe requires consistently moist soil, so be sure to water it regularly, especially during hot and dry spells. If you have a water garden, this plant will thrive in these conditions.

  3. Fertilizing: Astilbe benefits from regular fertilization with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

  4. Deadheading: After the flowers have faded, be sure to deadhead the spikes to encourage the plant to continue blooming. This will also help keep the plant looking tidy.

  5. Division: Over time, Astilbe may become overcrowded, which can reduce its blooming potential. If this occurs, divide the clumps in early spring, before new growth begins.

In conclusion, Astilbe is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant that adds a touch of grace and beauty to any garden. If you're looking for a plant that requires minimal maintenance, is deer-resistant, and provides stunning cut flowers, then Astilbe is definitely worth considering. Happy gardening!

One of the great things about Astilbe is the wide range of colors and varieties available, from soft pastels to vibrant reds and purples. Some popular varieties include:

  1. Astilbe chinensis var. pumila: This variety has delicate pink flowers and is one of the smallest Astilbe varieties, making it perfect for small gardens or as a border plant.

  2. Astilbe japonica: This variety has delicate white or pink flowers and is well suited for partial sun or shade.

  3. Astilbe arendsii: This variety has large, showy spikes of pink, red, or white flowers and is a popular choice for cut flower arrangements.

  4. Astilbe simplicifolia: This variety has delicate spikes of pale pink flowers and is well suited for damp, shady areas of the garden.

When choosing Astilbe for your garden, it's important to consider the size and color of the flowers, as well as the size of the plant. Some varieties can grow quite large, while others are smaller and more compact, so choose one that will fit well in your garden space.

It's also worth noting that Astilbe is a hardy plant, and it can be successfully grown in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. This makes it a great choice for a wide range of climates, from the cooler northern regions to the warm southern states.

In conclusion, Astilbe is a versatile and hardy plant that is well suited for a variety of garden styles, from shade gardens to water gardens. With its delicate flowers and attractive foliage, it is sure to add a touch of beauty and grace to any garden. Whether you choose one of the many available varieties, or mix and match to create your own unique combination, Astilbe is a must-have for any gardener looking to add some color and beauty to their yard.


False Buck's Beard filmed in Duxbury, Lancashire on the 11th July 2023.


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