DESCRIPTION: Often mistaken for its lookalike Astilbe, Goat's Beard is a shade plant with masses of beautiful wispy white blooms at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer;...
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DESCRIPTION: Often mistaken for its lookalike Astilbe, Goat's Beard is a shade plant with masses of beautiful wispy white blooms at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer; most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy compound leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. 

BOTANICAL NAME: Aruncus dioicus
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 150 cm
AVERAGE SPREAD: 120 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Partial shade to shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Creamy white
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep Green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Likes Moisture
OTHER FEATURES: Cut Flowers, Native, Rabbit Resistant

Landscape Attributes

Goat's Beard is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Goat's Beard is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Goat's Beard will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, preferring to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture.

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