Resembling the delicate Astilbe, Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard) is a great looking perennial with highly attractive feathery plumes of creamy-white tiny starry flowers which rise well above its dark green foliage. Once the flowers are less prominent, the handsome billowing mounds of fernlike leaves take over, extending the visual appeal through fall.
- 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).
- 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 average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun, part shade or even full shade. Part shade is preferred.
- 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, thriving on neglect, fairly pest-free and disease resistant, Goat's Beard is also rabbit tolerant
- Main varieties are: Aruncus 'Zweiweltkind' or 'Child of Two Worlds' with pendulous heads of white flowers; Aruncus 'Kneiffi' with airy, lacy blooms and sharply cut foliage. Grows up to 3 ft. (90 cm)