Aruncus dioicus var. aethusifolius

Korean goatsbeard

goat's beard

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Synonyms: Aruncus aethusifolius

Outstanding Qualities

In early spring the tight, compact crowns of this perennial unfurl with a delicate froth of low, finely cut foliage. The crisp bright green is a lovely foil for the short tuft-like plumes of creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer. The tidy compact habit is great for the front of a bed or as an edger.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: cream, white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: frequent watering

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Athyrium otophorum, Hosta ‘Patriot’, Helleborus foetidus, Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’, Cardamine trifolia

Great Color Contrasts: white, blue, burgundy

Great Color Partners: green

Culture Notes
Korean goatsbeard grows best in light to open shade. Keep it out of hot afternoon sun to prevent sun scorch to its delicate leaves. Provide a location with well-drained soil. It grows fastest with regular watering but will tolerate less frequent watering once well established. Generally petite and slow-growing, Aruncus aethusifolius should not be planted with vigorous perennials that can overwhelm it. Plants are easy to divide when they are dormant in winter.