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Goatsbeard

Aruncus dioicus

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Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) at Minor's Garden Center

Goatsbeard flowers

Goatsbeard flowers

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Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) at Minor's Garden Center

Goatsbeard in bloom

Goatsbeard in bloom

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Plant Height:  4 feet

Flower Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Goat's Beard

Brand:  RADTKE

Ornamental Features

Goatsbeard features showy spikes of creamy white flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy compound leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Goatsbeard is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Goatsbeard is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Goatsbeard will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 6 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should be grown in a location with partial shade or which is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $6.99, #1 Cont. $11.99

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features