Family: Rosaceae
Common Name: Goat's Beard

This small genus comprises two or three perennial plants, one of which is commonly grown in cool Climates. The fern-like foliage and tall, arching flower sprays make them a handsome addition to the garden.


A. dioicus, goat's beard, produces a mass of rich green foliage and gracefully arching plumes of small white flowers in summer. 'Kneiffii' is similar, but smaller, with finely dissected foliage.


Plant in a semi-shaded position in moist, rich soil. Propagate by seed sown in spring or summer. Aruncus does well in woodland conditions, or beside a pool or leek.


Cool to cold, suitable for zone 7 and above.

Arum      Arundinaria