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)

Aruncus Doicus, Goatsbeard Zones 4-8


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