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Aruncus dioicus

Goat's Beard

Aruncus dioicus is a fantastic native with large, feathery blooms in early summer. The enormous plumbs of creamy white blossoms attract butterflies and other beneficial insects in vast numbers. The seeds of the female plants provide food for birds in the fall and winter. East to grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

 

Benefits

  • Attracts butterflies, and other beneficial insects
  • Host plant for the dusky azure caterpillars
  • Superb yellow fall foliage color
  • Dense shrub-like form provides shelter for birds
  • Perfect for massing in shaded areas
  • Native birds will feed on seeds of spent flowers

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Aruncus dioicus prefers partial shade and consistent moisture, though a moist sunny site will work very well in cooler climates. Goat's Beard will survive periods of drought, but the foliage will brown around the edges at the first sign of deprivation.


Height
3-6 Feet

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Spread
3-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Range

Alaska south to California along with the east coast states from Maine to Georgia, west to Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Native Trivia

Received the Royal Horticulture Society's Award of Garden Merit. In Italy the young shoots are eaten, usually boiled briefly in herb infused water, and then cooked with eggs and cheese.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Wet Sun
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Green
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Border
Container
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin