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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 up to 1 ft. long.


4-5 Ft


3-4 Ft

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 7

Goat's Beard Growing and 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.

Aruncus dioicus Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Specimen
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

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