Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Goats Beard (Aruncus dioicus)
    Rose Family
    Goat's Beard is a showy, almost shrub-like wildflower that makes a dramatic addition to the shade garden. Its large, dense foliage make a great backdrop for smaller woodland plants like ferns, Foamflower, Jacob’s ladder, and Indian Pink. It can also work well around rain gardens and other occasionally wet places. There are separate male and female plants–male plants have showier flowers, but female plants will look just as nice. You’ll see lots of small bees, flies, and butterflies on this nectar rich plant. It can tolerate a range of sunlight conditions, but can tend to burn in the afternoon southern sun.

    Blooms: Cream, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Bright green, compound, large and bushy
    Height: 3-6'
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Moist, rich woodland soil
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Butterflies, bees, birds, host plant to the Dusky Azure Butterfly
    Seeds: Plants are dioecious, seed heads are large and showy, seeds are very small

    Deer Resistance: High

    Zone: 3-8
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont
    Unknown, seed grown