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Aruncus dioicus (Goat’s Beard)

Goat’s beard is a plant which occurs in woodlands and along bluffs. A tall, erect, bushy, clump-forming plant typically growing 4-6′ high which features pinnately compound, dark green foliage and showy, plume-like spikes of tiny, cream colored flowers which rise well above the foliage in early to mid summer, creating a bold effect. This rose family member is somewhat similar in appearance to astilbe. This extremely hardy plant performs best in partial shade with a well-draining soil. Looks nice either as a single specimen plant or placed in the back of an island bed. Excellent background plant for shady, moist spots in the border or in a wild or native plant garden. Plant as a specimen or in groups along streams or water gardens.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 4-6'
Spacing 4-5'
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Part Shade
Foliage Good decorative foliage all season with very attractive, elegant lacy leaves. This plant can be shrub-like.
Flower Ivory white, Astilbe-like plumes
Bloomtime Early Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Aruncus dioicus

Common: Goat's Beard

Family: Saxifragaceae or Rosaceae

General Characteristics: A large and robust, fine textured Astilbe-like native, for average to moist conditions. Spectacular in flower with its enormous, feathery plumes the size of your head. Partial shade and consistent moisture are the best conditions for Aruncus. This is a spectacular plant when given sufficient moisture, dappled shade, and plenty of room. In the northern states, plants are far more tolerant of afternoon sun than in the South. Perfect for a woodland garden. Much easier to grow than the astilbes, but it offers a similar appearance. It prefers rich, organic soils and is garden tolerant. Good for cutting, the flowers may also be dried by hanging upside down in a warm, dark room. Butterflies collect nectar.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious disease or insect problems.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, medium wet to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade, particularly in the southern part of its growing range (Zones 5-8), and moist, fertile soils.