2011 Perennial Plant of the Year
Aruncus dioicus (Goatsbeard, Goat’s Beard)
Family: Rosaceae Zone: Exposure: Full part Height: sun shade. 2-9 to to 180 cm 120 Spread: 90 to 120 cm Appearance: Substantial perennial with compound leaves held on fine stems that provide a lacy look. A spectacular plant when in flower with large cream plumes that bloom in late June or early July followed by ornamental seed heads in the fall.
n Adds height and mass to shady parts of the garden.
n Will tolerate full sun if evenly moist soil is provided.
n Prefers soil amended with organic matter.
n Can be propagated by division.
n Deer and rabbit resistant.
This perennial adds great presence to shady garden locations. Collectively the tiny white flowers create dramatic creamy-white plumes that catch the eye in midsummer. Once the blooms have faded, the bulk of dark green, divided fern-like foliage continues to offer the perfect backdrop for nearby border plants.