Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Cream/Tan
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Jan 3, 2010, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is one plant whose blooms I really look forward to each year. It's lovely white delicate blooms really brighten up the darkest spot in my shady bed. It seems to tolerate dry spells very well. This plant prospers in an area where it is tough to grow much of anything else.
On Feb 20, 2006, joicie from minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I grew 2 aruncus in full sun.They were not happy. Moved to a dappled shade area under a climbing rose & trumpet vines(lots of root competition) They did great. Did not require extra water. Showy flowers in early summer foilage stays fresh & green through season. If you have large bare spots in semi shaded area these plants work really well. Also they don't mind being moved
On Jan 26, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
Goat's Beard grows all over South-central Alaska, along roadsides and woodland openings. It prefers moist areas, but seems to grow on raised embankments, as well. This plant is well-suited to the edge of a yard that is partially shaded, and has the advantage of growing quite tall in the summer, then dying back to the ground in the winter.
Goat's Beard self-seeds here, but is not always easy to germinate in cultivation. Cold/moist stratification, as it would receive in the wild, may be necessary. However, Goat's Beard transplants quite well and adapts well to cultivation.
On Nov 4, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
There are only three species in this genus. Aruncus dioicus is also known as Aruncus sylvestris. Best cultivated in moist, rich soil, part sun/part shade. Good for around ponds or streams but happy in any moist soil. Grows to 6' tall and 4' wide. Gets flower 'spikes' that resemble Astilbe flowers but larger, they are usually cream color. Blooms in summer. Clump forming woodland plant. Propagate by division or seed. Hardy zones 3-9
Goatsbeard has 6-10" plumes of very small cream colored flowers. After flowers fade, the tall mounds of compound leaves provide a great background for later blooming plants. Native to deciduous woodlands of eastern and central US and also western Europe. Dwarf varieties are often mistaken for astilbe. The leaves are pinnately compound, bearing 20 or more 1" to 2 1/2" dark green doubly toothed oval leaflets.
Provide generous amounts of organic matter. These will withstand full sun in cool climates, if given steady moisture. They should be planted 4' from all other plants and 4-5' apart from each other.
'Kneiffii' grows about 3' high and has finely divided foliage.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grimes, Alabama Juneau, Alaska Denver, Colorado Centerbrook, Connecticut North Decatur, Georgia Homewood, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Galena, Indiana North Manchester, Indiana Davenport, Iowa Bedford, Massachusetts Hinsdale, Massachusetts Townsend, Massachusetts Alpena, Michigan Harvey, Michigan Novi, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Piedmont, Missouri Norfolk, Nebraska Nelson, New Hampshire Buffalo, New York Copake Lake, New York Cornwall On Hudson, New York Hilton, New York Jefferson, New York Penn Yan, New York Pittsford, New York Van Etten, New York Boone, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Sylva, North Carolina Coshocton, Ohio Geneva, Ohio Kent, Ohio Cape Meares, Oregon Salem, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Tionesta, Pennsylvania India Hook, South Carolina Dickson, Tennessee Oak Grove, Tennessee Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Kalama, Washington Seattle, Washington Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin Spooner, Wisconsin Stoughton, Wisconsin