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Aruncus dioicus

Native Plants


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Goat’s-beard (Aruncus dioicus) is a handsome, clump-forming plant. Typically growing 3-4’ tall, it has attractive plume-like spikes of small creamy-white flowers held above bold, pinnately compound medium green leaves. Male and female flowers appear on separate plants. Goat’s-beard is easily grown in average, humus-rich, well-drained soil in part shade. Use it as a shrub-like background plant in the border, for screening, in moist areas along streams and ponds, or as a cut flower. Plant goat’s-beard with other low maintenance perennials such as wild ginger (Asarum canadense), Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum), red trillium (Trillium erectum), Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans), Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). Zones 4-8. 

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color

Additional Information

Missouri Botanical Garden, USDA Plants