Goat’s Beard

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    The Goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus) is a large, showy perennial shrubby plant. They have broad leaflets and open, fuzzy white flower plumes. Goat’s beards are dioecious: Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Nurseries do not sell sexes separately.

    The species vary from tall, shrubby plants to low, clumping types barely 8 inches tall. Plant them in moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. In cooler areas, they will stand full sun if kept constantly moist. Once established, the roots do not move easily. If a division is necessary, lift clumps in spring and cut roots with a sharp knife. Leave at least one eye (bud) per division.

    Landscape Ideas

    Plant them in small groups at the edge of a woodland path or in front of flowering shrubs. Combine them with ferns, wildflowers, and groundcovers. Give them plenty of room to spread—each plant may reach 4 feet across.

    Plant Characteristics


    3 – 6 foot tall


    Shrubby flowering plant

    Light Exposure

    Partial Shade

    Season of Bloom

    Late Spring To Early Summer

    Hardiness Zones

    3 – 7

    Video Credits: S&K Wildflower Rescue Nursery
    Image Credits: Vinayaraj, WikiMedia


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