Astilbe, False Spirea, False Goat's Beard 'Fanal'

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: Fanal



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early 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:


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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Springdale, Arkansas

Seymour, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Algonquin, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Earlham, Iowa

Dracut, Massachusetts

Alpena, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Croton On Hudson, New York

Ithaca, New York

Southold, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Norristown, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Webster, South Dakota

Crockett, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Grand Mound, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Bend, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Rochester, Washington

Seattle, Washington(2 reports)

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2011, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

My Astilbes are all planted in a bed at the back of my large yard under mature shade trees & I can see them from my kitchen window. I have assorted varieties, but Fanal (as other members have previously mentioned) literally glows brightly as the late afternoon/evening Sun hits the blooms. The blooms also keep their color longer than the other varieties I have . . . even after they start to dry out!

If you're looking for a colorful Astilbe, particularly if you want one that shows up well from a distance, you can't go wrong with Fanal.


On May 31, 2010, lalark from Springdale, AR wrote:

Fanal is our favorite astilbe (so far). It blooms in late May on the north side of our house under pine trees where hostas, ferns, mukdenia, thalictrum and Solomon's seal are planted. Astilbes are such delicate looking plants, but they have been trouble free and the fanals looks gorgeous in a grouping, and they glow when they're hit by rays of the setting sun.The bloom color echoes the foliage of loropetalums that we have in adjacent beds. We like fanal so much that we are thinking about adding to the collection.


On Aug 22, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Red Fanal' ... Blooms June-July in my garden. Dried flowers add interest later into the season.


On Jun 21, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

The color of this bloom is electric!!!! It really pops in a partially shaded setting.


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

Medium to Tall, 24" - Plant 18" apart. zone 4-8 Dense finely petaled flowers are a deep blood red and extra feathery. Bronze green foliage, flowers in early July.


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

Wonderful deep red astilbe. Blooms generally in late July. Medium height (24"), lacy, rich green foliage. Will tolerate full sun where soil is moist but prefers partial sun. I've also had a plant that continues to grow on the north side of our house with no sun, although it tends to not be as dramatic as those planted in partial sun. Fertilize well in spring, or often over the growing season. Nice bunched with other astilbes that bloom at various times.