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Aruncus (Goat's Beard)
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Including Aruncus ‘Horatio’, Aruncus aethusifolius, Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’, and Aruncus dioicus ‘Kneiffii’

Aruncus

Goat's Beard

When you think of a woodland setting, think Aruncus. With elegant, feathery ivory plumes, Goat’s Beard is similar to and combines well with Astilbe, although it is airier in form. A terrific understory for tall canopies of Styrax japonicus or Maples, it thrives in moist soil, and is a natural beside a pool or stream. Place Aruncus where you can view it from the south, to take advantage of its tendency to lean toward the sun. It’s a popular cut flower.

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Aruncus aethusifolius  full sun  partial shade
Aruncus aethusifolius

Topped by creamy white plumes of minute star-like flowers, fine ultra-chiseled foliage and red-tinged stems shape a tidy dwarf habit that works well as a ground cover around flat stones and rocks. This small gem can also be tucked into the front of the border with broad-leafed Epimediums nearby.

Blooms late May–mid-June.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Aruncus aethusifolius (P-0995)
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Aruncus dioicus ‘Kneiffii’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Aruncus dioicus Kneiffii

While the species is a larger perennial hailing from Missouri, this compact, daintier 1889 version sprouts Japanese Maple-like leaves, finely hewn with thread-like segments. Sheer cream-colored plumes of minute starry blooms twinkle above the ultra-fine deep green hummock. Ideal as a cut flower, fresh or dried, and for gardens short on space, ‘Kneiffii’ can be massed along streams or ponds and in moist shady borders or woodland gardens.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.


Aruncus dioicus ‘Kneiffii’ (P-1919)
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Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’  partial shade  shade lover
Aruncus dioicus Zweiweltenkind

Shorter and sturdier than the species, this German hybrid does well in windy areas. Dispelling all images of a stocky work plant, its name means “child of two worlds,” and it is indeed otherworldly.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’ (P-0021)
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Aruncus ‘Horatio’  full sun  partial shade
Aruncus  Horatio

Steeped in elegance, yet remarkably steadfast, this exquisite perennial was bred by noted German nurseryman, Ernest Pagels. ‘Horatio’ is a meticulously crafted cross between Aruncus aethusifolius and Aruncus dioicus, prized for its unique sparkling plumes of tiny cream-colored blooms, which splay out in a horizontal fashion from bronze-tinted upright stems. Fresh green fernlike foliage forms a bushy base beneath the airy star-shaped flowers.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0"–3-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (P-1690)
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