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Aruncus dioicus - (Walter.)Fernald.

Common Name Goat's Beard, Bride's feathers
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards Cyanogenic glycosides are found in the leaves[74].
Habitats Damp woods, shady places and by streams, usually in mountainous areas[50, 187].
Range Europe, N. America and Asia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Aruncus dioicus Goat


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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Aruncus dioicus is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jun to August. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

A. silvester. A. vulgaris.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover; Meadow; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Budlings, stems and young leaves - cooked[177]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses



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Antipyretic;  Astringent;  Birthing aid;  Salve;  Stings;  Stomachic;  VD.

The poulticed root is applied to bee stings[222, 257]. A tea made from the roots is used to allay bleeding after child birth, to reduce profuse urination and to treat stomach pains, diarrhoea, gonorrhoea, fevers and internal bleeding[222, 257]. The tea is used externally to bathe swollen feet and rheumatic joints[222, 257]. A salve made from the root ashes is rubbed onto sores[257].

Other Uses

Plants form a dense growth that is very effective at holding invasive plants at bay[208]. They can be used as a tall ground cover for large areas[208].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Massing, Seashore, Specimen, Woodland garden. Succeeds in most moist soils in sun or partial shade[187, 200, 233]. Plants do well in moist to wet soils but will also tolerate fairly dry sites[208]. Succeeds in acid or limey soils[208]. Grows well on the woodland edge[200]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[233]. Plants are hardy to at least -20°c[187]. This is a polymorphic species, especially the form that grows in Japan[187]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value, 'Kneiffii' is only half the size of the type species[208]. Plants are fast-growing[208] and form very large clumps[187]. The flowers are sweetly perfumed[245]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[208]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Sow stored seed in late winter or early spring in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame until they are at least 15cm tall. They can be planted out into their permanent positions at any time of the year. Division in early spring or autumn[200]. Very easy, the clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

spice royer   Fri Dec 16 2005

i have grown this plant successfully in ottawa canada (zone 5) for many years.

Richard W. Peters, M.D.   Thu Jun 14 2007

This is a wonderful shade plant for one's shade garden. It is large, showy, and wonderful at the edge of a forest, as it fills in the trees. I do not understand why nursery people do not push this plant for shade gardens. They always lead you to the hostas. It is very easy to grow and has no insect ir mite problems. I cannot believe it is Zone 7. I have been raising it for years in Zone 6 and it doesn't even blink.

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