Goat's Beard

Aruncus dioicus

Goat's Beard
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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.  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. This species is native to North America.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Goat's Beard grows best in moist, humus-rich soils. In northern climates, it can be grown in full sun given adequate moisture.  In southern zones, however, it prefers partial or full shade.   When grown in deep shade, plants tend to have a more open habit and bloom sparsely.  Insects and diseases don't seem to bother this plant.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

2-4 ft.

Plant Height

4-6 ft.

Hardness Zone


Good Companions

Cimicifuga 'Hillside Black Beauty', Dicentra spectabilis, Bergenia saxifraga, Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas', Lobelia cardinalis, Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar', Brunnera macrophylla

Characteristics & Attributes


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Specimen or focal point

Bloom Time

April - May

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

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