Astilbe Species, Chinese Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard

Astilbe chinensis

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Astilbe (a-STIL-bee) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




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:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Centerbrook, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Rossville, Indiana

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Charlevoix, Michigan

Young America, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Richmond, Missouri

North Walpole, New Hampshire

Brooklyn, New York

Jefferson, New York

North Tonawanda, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Germantown, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 22, 2009, shadydame from North Walpole, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Astilbes do very well in my garden. I have 4 different cultivars: 'Bridal Veil', 'Visions in Red', 'Dusseldorf', and 'Amethyst', which is new this year. Currently, the Visions & Bridal Veil are both in bloom, and the others should follow soon. I love these plants because they are low-maintenance, pest/disease free, & seem to tolerate drought. The Astilbe is another staple in my part-shade garden.


On Oct 16, 2008, eliasastro from Athens,
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

My winter is too warm for them, they didn' t make it!


On May 12, 2008, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a lovely one that was planted by a landscaper so I have no idea of the cultivar. It is a beautiful pink and looks like cotton candy when in bloom. Seems to do well in the part shade where it is planted, but I may try some in more sun when I divide it, because I just love it.


On Jul 29, 2003, miltboyd from Haverhill, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

over last two years, nice airy feathery appearance, easy to grow, not demanding, does not attract pests. about 9 to 18 inches tall in good soil with open sky. No success getting viable seeds from plant.


On Jul 16, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mainly planted because it flowers in shade, but not an outstandingly showy plant. Give adequate moisture. Mine not troubled by insects or diseases. Easy, but not that rewarding. Flowers rarely as showy as in photos.


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.