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Goat's Beard
Aruncus

Description:  An outstanding specimen plant for the partially shaded garden. Looking much like a very large white Astilbe, Goat's Beard has similar foliage and feathery, creamy white flower plumes up to 1 ft. long.  This herbaceous perennial can easily take the place of a shrub in the garden; it will grow about the same size and have the same shape as a dwarf Viburnum. Though Aruncus tends to be a slow-grower the first couple of seasons, once it is established it puts on a fabulous show year after year. Make sure it has plenty of room to grow when you first plant it; transplanting this species is a very difficult task.


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Common Name: Goat's Beard
Botanical Name: Aruncus dioicus
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil.
Light Requirements: Full sun; prefers partial to full shade.  If grown in deep shade, plants tend to have a more open habit and bloom sparsely.
Attributes: Cut flower or foliage, grows in shade, deer resistant
Pests: None known
Diseases: None known
Good Companion Plants: Bergenia, Bleeding Heart, Heartleaf Brunnera, Cardinal Flower, Miscanthus, Hosta, Siberian Iris, Black Snakeroot
Care: Cut back dead foliage in spring. Fertilize with Plant-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season (see water & fertilizer schedule)

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Aruncus aethusifolius
Goat's Beard
zones 3-7
 
Description:  A miniature Goat's beard with the same traits as A. dioicus at nearly 1/3 the size. Fine, glossy fern-like foliage. 3-4" long feathery spikes of creamy white flowers bloom early to mid-summer. Great for tucking into small areas of a shade or rock garden.  Yellow and orange fall color.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 12-15"


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Aruncus dioicus
Goat's Beard
zones 3-7
 
Description:  Ivory white feathery plumes in early summer atop durable foliage similar to Astilbe.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 3-4'


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Aruncus 'Misty Lace'
Goat's Beard
zones 3-7
 
Description:  In early summer, large, creamy white, feathery plumes are produced on dark red stems atop compact mounds of Astilbe-like foliage. The effect is similar to that of a large Astilbe and it can be used in a similar manner in the landscape. Simply stunning en masse!
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 18-24"
 
 

 

 

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