Aruncus dioicus (Walter) Fernald - Goat's Beard


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Aruncus dioicus - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Rosaceae


Rich, north-facing woods.




PA to OH, IN, and IA, south to NC, AL, and AR.


Herbaceous perennial; stems erect, 1-2 m; leaves alternate, 2-3-ternately compound, to 50 cm; leaflets lance-ovate or ovate-oblong to broadly ovate, 5-15 cm, acuminate, doubly serrate, rounded to cordate at the base, the lateral ones usually oblique, sometimes 2-lobed; inflorescence 10-30 cm; petals white, about 1 mm or less; fruit reflexed, 2 mm, with persistent style.


Flowers May to June

Wetland indicator: FACU

Makes an excellent garden plant for shaded or partly shaded locations, though its size makes it best for the middle or back of the border. Similar in appearance to Astilbe spp.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY




Michael Hough 2018