Goat’s Beard

Aruncus dioicus

Otherwise known as Goat’s Beard


Donna at Gardens Eye View did a great post on this recently, with lots of useful information about the plant and how to grow it. Take a look at her site, as it is also full of photos of plants, thoughts on life, brilliant quotes, and she has an array of wonderful links too.


My largest clump of Aruncus is in a dried up stream bed, so it’s probably so well established now that it doesn’t mind being in the full sun.

The buds arch so gracefully…

Then as they slowly open they curve outwards and upwards…

… attracting all sorts of insects. Here is a rose chafer (Cetonia aurata)…

For a natural garden, or if you want more beetles, bees and (good) bugs in your plot, this plant is indispensable. As its flowers open fully they look “fluffy”, hence the name!

Read more at Donna’s Gardens Eye View!