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PlantFiles: Dwarf Goat's Beard, Korean Goatsbeard
Aruncus aethusifolius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aruncus (arun-kus) (Info)
Species: aethusifolius (e-thu-si-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gardendevil On Jul 3, 2012, gardendevil wrote:

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.

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 12, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooms mid to late June in my garden. Very pretty little plant.

Positive Malus2006 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.

Positive jhyshark 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.

Positive Todd_Boland On Mar 16, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

More adaptable than the standard Goat's-beard. Lovely foliage; if a female plant, leave the faded flower spikes as they turn orange in autumn, adding extra interest for this plant.

Positive lupinelover 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
Greenville, Indiana
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Dracut, Massachusetts
Novi, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Scottville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Peconic, New York
Southold, New York
Wallkill, New York
Clyde, Ohio
Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Webster, South Dakota
Memphis, Tennessee
Hopewell, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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