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Aruncus dioicus

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Goatsbeard is a perennial native to eastern North America and parts of Europe and Siberia. It is grown for its tall stature (up to 6 feet) and showy, cream-colored plumes of flowers in summer. The effect is that of a giant astilbe. Plants with male flowers produce showier and more erect plumes than plants with female flowers, whose plumes are more pendent and less creamy white. Grow in a woodland garden or moist border, or at waterside.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsTall, native perennial with showy plumes of creamy white or greenish white flowers in summer.

CareGrow in moist, fertile soil in full or partial shade. This species can also tolerate drier conditions in full sun. Deadhead to control unwanted seedlings.

PropagationDivide in early spring or fall. Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Self-sows freely.

ProblemsGenerally easy to grow, but fly larvae and tarnished plant bugs may be problems.

  • Genus : Aruncus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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