Aruncus-aethusifoliusKorean goat’s beard is a clump forming perennial and a member of the rose family (Roseaceae). It has dark green pinnately compound leaves that are fern-like and form a mound six inches high. In the fall the leaves turn yellow, orange and red adding a significant splash of color. The tiny off-white flowers are carried on slender stems above the foliage in late spring and resemble Astilbes. They are not long lasting but the foliage is so attractive all through the growing season that it is reason enough for growing the plant. Deadheading improves the appearance of the plant but will not prolong bloom time. Growth is moderate and plants need time to become established. A good choice for edge of the border, rock gardens, woodland gardens and as a ground cover. Not suitable for the heat and humidity of the deep South. The common name derives for the resemblance of the flowers to a goat’s beard.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Plumes of tiny off-white flowers in late spring

Size: 8-12” H x 8-12” W

Light: Full sun in cool climates, partial shade in warm climates.

Soil: Fertile, consistently moist, well-drained; soil must not dry out

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Care: Remove flower stalks after blooming to tidy-up.

Pests and Diseases: Generally healthy but susceptible to leaf spot.

Propagation: Seed, division fall or early spring

Companion plants: Barrenwort ( Epimedium rubrum) Siberia bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla), columbine (Aquilegia), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium), trillium, iris, hosta,

By Karen