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.