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Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard)

Goat's Beard, Goatsbeard, Aruncus Sylvestris, Aruncus plumosus, Spirea Aruncus


Resembling the delicate Astilbe, Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard) is a great looking perennial with highly attractive feathery plumes of tiny, starry, creamy-white flowers that rise well above the dark green foliage. Blooming from early to mid summer, it should be noted that the male plants (with many stamens per flower) enjoy more attractive blooms than the female plants (3 pistils per flower). Once the flowers are less prominent, the handsome billowing mounds of fernlike leaves take over, extending the visual appeal through fall.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Erect and bushy, this clump-forming perennial slowly grows 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and spreads 2-4 ft. (60-120 cm).
  • Thrives in fertile, organically-rich, medium to wet soils in full sun or part shade . Performs well in sun as long as the soil is consistently moist. Prefers part shade in the southern part of its growing range.
  • Excellent background plant for shady and moist areas, creates stunning hedges and ideal as a specimen plant or planted in groups along streams or water gardens.
  • Easy to grow, it is fairly pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for sawflies. Rabbit resistant.
  • Cut back after flowering
  • Propagate by seed sown in spring or autumn or by division in spring
  • Native to Eurasia, south-easter and south-central Alaska.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Aruncus - Goat's Beards
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Aruncus - Goat's Beards
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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