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- Goats Beard - Aruncus Dioicus Hardy Planting Zones- 3-7 Sun or Shade – Sun and Part Shade Mature Height - Up to 6' Mature Width- Up to 6' Bloom Season – Late Spring to Early Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Goatsbeard Plant - Aruncus dioicus
The Goatsbeard plant, otherwise known as Aruncus dioicus, is a slightly more impressive plant that its name implies. The perennial, a member of the rose family, is native to Japan and North America, and, as a European cultivar, has been around since Roman times. The plant is adaptable and hearty, most suited for hardiness zones 3-7, with few pests or threats. In colder, northern climates the Goatsbeard does best with lots of direct sunlight, whereas in warmer southern regions, particularly the American south, the plant will need a shady reprieve. For garden and landscaping purposes, the ideal location would provide morning sun and afternoon shade.
Goatsbeard plants can reach heights of 3 to 6 feet, and, with widths reaching 6 feet across, will need lots of space to grow, whether to be a garden's main feature or as a background filler. Due to the size and ease with which the goatsbeard grows, they are excellent for filling those empty spaces in any garden. An adult Goatsbeard plant takes after the astilbe, a plant known for its natural beauty and charm. The Goatsbeard plant comes into its most eye-catching phase during the late spring to early summer when buds of its fluffy, white flowers being to appear. Even without the delicate blooms, the plant's fern-like appearance adds an element of textural variety to most landscapes.
The Goatsbeard plant is easy to cultivate with the location being the prime concern for gardeners. Once the plant is positioned for its optimum sunlight needs, everything else is basic to most garden-variety plants. This includes well-moistened soil that is rich and loamy. For clay or sandy soils, fertilizers should be added and maintained from the time of planting. Once properly planted, the beautiful perennial, with a less than a beautiful name, has a reputation as a long-lasting and scenic addition to any garden.
False Goatsbeard gives a natural look. Average soils are best. They like moist but well-drained soils. Will show from spring, early on to summer when it gets hot. Flowers are vibrant and ordinarily white or cream.