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Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Hennie Graafland'

Astilbe simplicifolia

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: simplicifolia (sim-plik-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hennie Graafland


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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Winterville, Georgia

Des Moines, Iowa

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Pinconning, Michigan

Spring Lake, Michigan

Wyandotte, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dayton, Ohio

Watsontown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Blanket, Texas

East Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 3, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have one that is recently planted so I will have to see more on it.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Medium 12-18" Plant 18" apart. zone 4-8. Dwarf Astilbe in rose-pink.
Astilbes lend a refined grace to perennial borders. Lush deeply cut foliage is attractive for the entire season and is colored from green to bronze. Astilbes produce an airy plume in summer that moves with the slightest breeze. Effective anywhere with rich moist soil and partial shade. Deer resistant.


On Jun 16, 2005, InTheShade from Longmeadow, MA wrote:

Flowers are very pale pink and very nice, but not spectacular. My favorite part of this plant is the very dark green, somewhat glossy, lacy leaves.


On Jul 6, 2004, aliciasprinkle from Williamsport, PA wrote:

I found this plant to be easy to maintain and very delightful to look at. It makes a wonderful low bordering plant.
I cut the spent blooms and water periodically. I also keep mulch around the plant to hold in the moisture, it works well! It grows great with partial sun/ partial shade.
The second year it grew back even larger than original size. It measured about 20 inches in diameter and about 16 inches in the flowering height.
I would recommend this plant for anyone who prefers an easy maintenance flower garden.


On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Be sure to cut back faded flower stalks. Extra water may be needed in dry periods. Divide after 3-4 years in spring or fall. Astilbe requires a lot of nutrients, so give it some fertilizer at least once per growing season.