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Aruncus dioicus (Walt.) Fern.
Bride's feathers, Goat's beard
USDA Symbol: ARDI8
USDA Native Status: Native and Introduced
Bride’s-feathers or goat’ beard is an imposing perennial, 3-5 ft tall. The stems bear several twice- or thrice-pinnately compound leaves, the segments prominently toothed. The large, feathery clusters of small, white flowers are reminiscent of astilbes. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants, the staminate being more attractive.
Aruncus, from the Greek aryngos (goat’s beard), refers to the showy, finger-like flower clusters, which form feathery masses of all male or all female flowers. The species occurs around the Northern Hemisphere. The western plants once comprised a separate species, known as A. sylvester, among other names. Classification is still unsettled; some botanists consider western plants to be the variety pubescens, others consider them to be the variety acuminatus. The very similar False Goatsbeard (Astilbe biternata), of the saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae), has a lobed terminal leaflet on each leaf and two pistils.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf Margin: Dentate Breeding System:
, Dioecious Flower:
Flower clusters 6 to 24 inches long.
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Male plants have showier flowers.
AK , AL , AR , CA , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SC , TN , VA , WA , WV Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
PA and IA, south to NC, AL, & AR Native Habitat:
Damp, fertile woods, mountainous areas USDA Native Status: L48(NI), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Average to acid, mesic to moist soil.
Conditions Comments: Tolerates seasonal flooding. Needs a lot of space.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Good for large-scale displays of white blooms in spring and summer, such as massed in a drift down a slope.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Dusky Azure
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Propagate by division or seed.
Seed Collection: Ripens one month after blooming, female plants only.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Native shade plants around fountain in California
March 18, 2009
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DENatural Biodiversity
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff