Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Aruncus dioicus var. acuminatus (Goatsbeard, Bride's Feathers)



 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Rosaceae – Rose family


 Aruncus L. – aruncus


 Aruncus dioicus (Walter) Fernald – Bride's Feathers


 Aruncus dioicus (Walter) Fernald var. acuminatus (Rydb.) Rydb. ex H. Hara – Bride's Feathers

Photo credit:  Viva La Ren

A graceful woodland perennial, Goatsbeard grows from 3-6' tall and quickly spreads to fill a site.

In the native garden, it provides an elegant backdrop for the smaller wildflowers - a bouquet that never fades!

Goatsbeard forms several erect stems to support the long plumes of tiny white flowers that droop like strings of pearls to adorn the fern-like foliage (similar to astilbe).

The medicinal properties of Goatsbeard were celebrated among Native groups.

Native to the Pacific northwest, in both the coastal and interior regions, Goatsbeard is hardy between USDA zones 3-7.

It is found along the edges of forests and streams, needing some shade and moisture.


Photo, left, credit:  Anneli Salo; Photo, center, credit: dontworry; Photo, right, credit:  Sten Porse


Photo, left, credit:  Jerzy Opioła; Photo, center, credit: Jeffdelonge; Photo, right, credit:  Syp


Photos, above, credit:  Walter Siegmund


Above left: Goatsbeard with Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) understory

Photos We Share!

It is our pleasure to share the photographs in this section with you under the Creative Commons License (see link below for details). We retain ownership of the photos but you may use them freely as long as you credit our website for them.


Creative Commons License
These photos by http://www.nwplants.com are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Contact:  nwplants@gmail.com ~ Copyright 2016 © The Wild Garden: Hansen’s Northwest Native Plant Database  ~ All rights reserved