Description & Overview

An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, “Goatsbeard”.

Core Characteristics

Category: Perennial

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3

Mature Height: 8-12 inches

Mature Spread: 12-16 inches

Growth Rate: Moderate

Growth Form: Perennial

Light Requirements: Partial Shade

Site Requirements: Intolerant of dry soil

Flower: Loose, open, cream white Astilbe-like plume on dark colored stems

Bloom Period: Early to Mid Summer

Foliage: Lacy, fern-like

Fall Color: Mix of yellow, orange and red

Urban Approved: No

Fruit Notes: Brown seed

Suggested Uses

Aruncus aethusifolius is happiest in rich soil in partial shade, so it is ideally suited to the moist woodland garden. Its compact habit makes it a good choice for the shaded rock garden or the front of the shaded border. Its tidy form lends itself to use as an edging plant in the more formal garden as well. It is also effective when massed.

An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, "Goatsbeard".…
An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, "Goatsbeard".…

Wildlife Value

The flowers are a source of pollen and nectar for native insects.

Maintenance Tips

Dwarf Goatsbeard thrives in moist soil so during periods of dry weather it will appreciate supplemental water. The dried seed heads can be left on the plant, but its beautiful foliage is best appreciated if seed heads are cut off once flowering is complete. The plant should be cut to the ground prior to new growth beginning in the spring and it is at the discretion of the individual gardener whether this is done in late autumn or in earliest spring.

An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, "Goatsbeard".…

Pests/Problems

Aruncus is a hardy plant that is not prone to insect or disease damage. It is also resistant to browsing by deer & rabbits.

Dwarf Goatsbeard

Leaf Lore

Aruncus aethusifolius has been recognized by the Royal Horticultural Society with the prestigious Award of Garden Merit. Aruncus dioicus, the larger native cousin of Dwarf Goatsbeard, was historically used medicinally by Native Americans.

Companion Plants

Its lacy foliage adds textural contrast among bolder foliage plants such as Hostas, Brunneras or American Ginger.

An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, "Goatsbeard".…
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