False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Bridal Veil'

Astilbe x arendsii

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: x arendsii (ar-END-see-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Bridal Veil
Additional cultivar information:(aka Brautschleier)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lincoln, Nebraska

Cicero, New York

Greene, New York

Ithaca, New York

Dayton, Ohio

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Edmonds, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 10, 2014, CrowMeris from Greene, NY wrote:

Nearly care-free Astible. Fertilize before flowering in spring. Do not cut back foliage in fall - allow old leaves and stems to protect the crown overwinter.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

plant 18" apart. zone 4-8. Pure white plumes atop summer into August. 28".


On Jun 5, 2005, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

This shade lover is showy with it's snow white plumes in late June early July .Beautiful planted in masses.Divide the root ball every two to three years in early spring,and remove all old foliage before the new leaves begin in spring to keep the plant tidy.It prefers the top of the soil to be moist but not soggy.


On Nov 12, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Tall variety, about 28". White feathery plumes, very graceful looking . Looks really nice as a background to other astilbes which bloom at different times.

Astilbe is a shallow rooted plant and divides easily. Divide clumps every three years or so. Keep well watered and fertilize each spring or throughout the growing season. Does best in partial shade (afternoon), but will take full sun if watered well.