Goats Beard not happy - Knowledgebase Question

Ferndale, MI
Question by casaanthony
November 14, 2007
My new goats beard doesn't look happy. Didn't grow it's first year. It reminds me of old celery leaves. It's autumn now, so I moved it so it will get steady filtered sun throughout the afternoon next season. Is there anything else I should know?

Answer from NGA
November 14, 2007


For most of the growing season, goatsbeard is a pleasant-enough plant with light green, fernlike foliage--except in mid to late spring when the creamy-white plumes of tiny flowers appear above the foliage. The flowering period is quite dramatic and lasts for about three weeks.

I think you were right in moving it. Goatsbeard grows best in a moist, rich, loamy soil. Where summers are warm to hot (such as yours), give it filtered shade; in cool-summer climates, goatsbeard can handle morning sun.

Now that you've moved the plant, I suspect your goatsbeard will perk up and grow well for you next year.

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