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Aruncus dioicus

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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

Height: 3'-6'

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

Flowers of Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)
  • Flowers of Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)
  • Flowers of Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)
  • Flowers of Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)
  • Flowers of Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)

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Description

Aruncus dioicus

Also known as:

bride's feathers

,

goat's beard

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or root division.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Aruncus Aruncus
Species Aruncus dioicus bride's feathers