Sep. 18, 2021

Appalachian false goat's-beard, Astilbe biternata.

Appalachian false goat's-beard is one of two native species of Astilbe. That's right, we have native Astilbe! The popular garden plants come from east Asia. Appalachian false is a fun plant to find, but the real fun would be our other species. Roan Mountain false goat's-beard is one of the missing grails of North American botany. Astilbe crenatiloba has been reported once from Tennessee in 1885. Now wouldn't that be fun to find! Appalachian false goat's-beard is a woodland plant in GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Beal Gardens, MSU, 6/23/14. Rockbreak family, Saxifragaceae.