PlantFiles: Dwarf Goat's Beard, Korean Goatsbeard Aruncus aethusifolius
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Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm) 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
I do not know yet if this plant grows naturally in our region. I live in South Central New Brunswick , Canada. I purchased a Goatsbeard plant from a local nursery last fall (2011) and planted it at the Northwest corner of my house which is shaded most of the time so it only gets about 3-4 hours of sunlight per day. It got accidently mowed down shortly after planting but this spring came back nicely and is currently about 3 feet tall with beautiful cream coloured flowers. Does anyone know if this plant is harmful to rabbits or if rabbits will eat it? We have a real bad rabbit problem here. I currently have it fenced in.
On May 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
This is one of my favorite perennial - it stays compact and lovely all growing season long - it makes a excellent border plant for the shade garden - it seem to wilt rapidly if planted in more sun. Much less underused compare to American Goatbeard. The only problem with this species is its senstivity to moisture needs when first planted - it prefers to be constant moisture for its first year. Patches will grow slowly in size - I hadn't divide one yet but it look like it take about 6 to 8 years to reach divideable size.
On Jun 22, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:
This is one of my rock garden favorites. It is beautiful all season long, the flowers are just an added bonus. The info says it doesn't want to be dry or in sun, but my rock garden is definitely more dry than wet, and almost full sun, and it has remained happy for 5 years. It is growing only slowly, and remains a tidy round mound of soft foliage. In the spring, surrounded by 'Lilac Wonder' Tulips it is beautiful.
On Jul 19, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is much easier to please than the taller goatsbeard. Resembles a particularly fine-foliaged astilbe. Flower spikes do not persist when finished flowering, but foliage stays better than most astilbes.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mount Prospect, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Galena, Indiana Cedar Falls, Iowa Keomah Village, Iowa Dracut, Massachusetts Novi, Michigan Owosso, Michigan Scottville, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Peconic, New York Southold, New York Wallkill, New York Clyde, Ohio Laflin, Pennsylvania Pennsburg, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania Webster, South Dakota Memphis, Tennessee Hopewell, Virginia Lexington, Virginia West Springfield, Virginia Concrete, Washington Kalama, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin