Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, clumping, pond margin plant, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Aruncus dioicusAlso known as:
Aruncus dioicus is a large showy plant with segmented, toothed leaves and large plumes of astilbe-like white flowers that can reach heights of 6' or more. The stems have a slight reddish tint to them making this an attractive plant even when not in bloom. The goat's beard is native to both coasts of North America, although some botanists consider the western variety a separate species.
Give this plant a lot of room to grow! Spacing should be no less than 3 to 4 feet. It will thrive in any light condition. More shade is recommended in the south and more sun in the north. It does well in average soil, so long as it is consistently moist. It likes having wet feet and will even tolerate an occasional flooding. Due to its size, it is a good choice for the back of a flower garden, pond, or stream. Flowering stems may be cut back hard in fall. It may bloom as early as March or as late as June. Zones 2-7
Propagate by seed or root division.
This species is dioecious (hence the botanical name dioicus), coming from Greek meaning two households, and refers to the fact that male and female flowers are on separate plants. The male flowers are showier than the female flowers.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CA, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, VA, WA, WI, WV
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