Aruncus dioicus

This tall, elegant shrub like perennial gracefully fills in the back of borders. Creamy white plumes and alternate toothed leaves give it a feathery, light appearance. Use the late-spring to early-summer flowering blooms in fresh or dried arrangements. Goats Beard is best used because of its height, at the back of a perennial border. The feathery plumes of creamy white are an attractive feature in the garden setting.


Aruncus aethusifolius is a dwarf Japanese form that grows just 8-12 inches tall and blooms two weeks earlier than goatsbeard. Great for a border.

I propagate my plants in spring or autumn by division. Great to share with friends. You can start this plant from seeds but I am much to impatient to wait for a large plant and end up buying my first plant from a local nursery.

Soil should be well drained but make the area deeply dug as the roots of this plant like to go deep into the soil.

Goatsbeard would prefer shade or partial shade here in the Carolinas. I had one in partial afternoon sun and the leaves got burned each year. Solution was just put it in a shady spot and make sure it does not get dried out.

Season of Bloom
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring.
12-18 in.
24-36 in.
Hardiness USDA
USDA Zone 5b: to (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to (10 °F)
Flower Color
Pale Yellow
lsun to partial shade
Direct sow or dig plant out in the spring and divide.