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Goat's Beard

Aruncus dioicus

Also known as

Buck's-Beard, Bride's Feathers, Common Goatsbeard, Goat's beard spiraea

Aruncus dioicus 15119 by Walter Siegmund (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Goat's Beard Overview

Aruncus dioicus is a herbaceous perennial species also known by the name goat's beard. It forms attractive clumps of rich green-coloured, bipinnately divided leaves which are fern-like in appearance. Leaves have toothed edges and textured surfaces, with shallow ridges following the venation. It grows vigorously, capable of reaching 2m in height and has a deciduous, clump-forming habit. In early summer clusters of creamy-white flowers appear on tall, arching stems over the foliage. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for pollinating insect wildlife. It has also been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Goat's Beard

How to harvest Goat's Beard

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Goat's Beard


Divide in spring


Sow in spring or autumn.

Special features of Goat's Beard

Wet sites

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Goat's Beard

Preferring permanently moist soils, this plant suits being planted around water or damp woodland shade.