Aruncus dioicus goatsbeard flowers Goatsbeard plant in the shade garden Aruncus flowering with hostas White flowers of Aruncus dioicus Goatsbeard
Aruncus dioicus goatsbeard flowers Goatsbeard plant in the shade garden Aruncus flowering with hostas White flowers of Aruncus dioicus Goatsbeard

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Aruncus Dioicus Goatsbeard

Aruncus dioicus

Aruncus is an outstanding specimen plant for the partially shaded garden. Closely resembling a very large white Astilbe plant. Goat's Beard has similar foliage and feathery, creamy white flower plumes up to 1 foot long that are held above the foliage. Make sure to give it plenty of room to grow when you first plant it as transplanting a mature Aruncus can be a very difficult task. Aruncus are native to North America.

Growzone: 5-9

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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.

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Aruncus dioicus is a fantastic native perennial with large, fine-textured feathery blooms in late Spring that resemble a large Astilbe. Aruncus plants can reach a spread of 6 feet or more when sited correctly. It is lovely when used at the edge of the woods, where the white plumes are highlighted against the woodland's dark background.

In the northern part of its range, Aruncus is far more tolerant of the hot afternoon sun than in the Southern part. Although they prefer partial shade and consistent moisture, 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 during periods of drought.


Growing Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 4 to 6 Feet
Mature Width: 4 to 6 Feet
Classification: Perennial
Sunlight: Full Shade to Part Sun
Habit: Upright, spreading
Flower Color: Pure white flowers
Flowering Season: Late Spring through Early Summer
Foliage: Green
Soil Condition: Prefers average to moist soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators
This Plants Growzone: 5-9 Aruncus Dioicus Goatsbeard Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Aruncus Dioicus Goatsbeard

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Aruncus dioicus plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Aruncus dioicus does prefer moist soils so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend adding topsoil or compost in copious amounts this is one. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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