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Dwarf Goatsbeard

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A low mounded selection that features creamy white blooms that rise above green, ferny foliage in the late spring; preferring partly sunny areas, this variety is perfect for borders, containers or used as groundcover

Characteristics

Species:
aethusifolius
Other Species Names:
Goat's Beard
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches (12 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
8 inches
Genus:
Aruncus
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Goatsbeard features dainty spikes of creamy white flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Goatsbeard is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Goatsbeard will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should be grown in a location with partial shade or which is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America.

Dwarf Goatsbeard is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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