Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Goat's Beard
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Botanical names:
Aruncus dioicus Accepted
Aruncus aruncus Synonym
Aruncus sylvester Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-6 feet (100-200 cm)
Plant Spread: 3 feet (100 cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: near white
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 8 weeks if you sow indoors
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: GA3 speeds indoor germination without chilling
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 21, 2018 3:12 PM

American Goatsbeard is a wonderful perennial for partial shaded or light full shade, draining wet to moist soil sites. It makes a good background plant in a perennial garden or a specimen. The ones I have worked with have stayed as big clumps, but it can spread some by rhizomes to form a small patch. It is sort of like a large Astilbe. It has white fuzzy flower panicle clusters to 12 inches long in late May or June, where male and female flowers are on separate plants, and the male plants are a little showier. Nurseries usually don't separate the genders. It has handsome pinnately compound foliage with a great fine texture. It does not need to be divided and reset, and if done, it is sort of hard to do it. I have seen some deer damage from the tops being eaten off, so I spray it with Liquid Fence at a customer's yard where the deer forage. Some are sold by most conventional nurseries that sell perennials or by most Native plant nurseries. I see it occasionally planted in gardens and professional landscapes, but, unfortunately, it is not a common or well-known perennial by most. Its native range is from Iowa into Pennsylvania down to northern Georgia to Oklahoma.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Apr 22, 2014 10:50 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest, found in damp forest edges, most commonly seen along road shoulders in the mountain passes. The root may be used as a poultice for sores, or as an infusion for colds and sore throats. Aruncus is from the Greek aryngos (goat's beard). I have had difficulty transplanting this, but I keep trying. It is a lovely statement plant, especially in a large swath.

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Plant Events from our members
jerseyridgearts On June 1, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
no sign of it
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
MissMew On July 26, 2018 Maintenance performed
Spring of this year something broke a major stem of this plant. We hacked a tape job. Checked today and the plant is mending well. Used grafting tape to cover the wound and plant velcro tape to support the branch at the crotch. It has flowered and there are berries formed.
MissMew On September 18, 2017 Obtained plant
Suzanne - Sheridan - replaced Misty Lace
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