Aruncus Doicus, Goatsbeard Zones 4-8


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A tall, erect, bushy, clump-forming plant typically growing 4-6' high which features pinnately compound, dark green foliage and showy, plume-like spikes of tiny, cream colored flowers which rise well above the foliage in early to mid summer, creating a bold effect. This rose family member is somewhat similar in appearance to astilbe.This plant demands space. It is somewhat inclined to sulk in hot summer areas, so plant in a moist, peaty soil, or even at the waterside. Cut plants back in summer if they look untidy. An excellent companion to summer-blooming shrub roses. Good for cutting, the flowers may also be dried by hanging upside down in a warm, dark room.


Sun Exposure:  Full Sun to part shade (prefers some shade)  If it has too much shade may not bloom.

Soil type:  Moist peaty, likes soil rich in organic matter, will tolerate clay soils.

Soil PH:  Neutral, alkaline or acid

Soil Moisture: Average to moist, wet.

Care level:  Easy

Flower color: white

Bloom time: early to mid summer

Foliage Color: Deep Green

Uses and Characteristics:  Accent, Specimen, Containers, Deer and Rabbit resistant, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Waterside, Woodland

Flower head size: Large (blooms the size of your head)

Height:  120-180 cm (47-70”) over 5’ tall 

Spread: 90-150 cm (35-59”) up to 5’ wide

Growth Rate:  Slow. Takes a few years to settle in and show off to full advantage. 

Propagation:  Has a dense crown that is difficult to divide, so division isn’t practical. Move in early spring.    Collect and sow seed directly outdoors in summer or fall (do not cover it)