Aruncus dioicus, commonly known as Goat’s Beard, is a beautiful and versatile plant for your garden. This robust perennial herb can grow up to 2 meters tall and produces large, elongated, terminal panicles of tiny, white flowers that are both fragrant and visually stunning.
Goat’s Beard is a shade-loving plant that thrives in moist, rich soil. It makes an excellent groundcover for shaded areas and can be used to hold invasive plants at bay. It also has a variety of medicinal uses, with the poulticed root being applied to bee stings and a tea made from the roots used to allay bleeding after childbirth, reduce profuse urination, and treat a range of conditions from stomach pains to fevers.
In addition to its ornamental and medicinal qualities, Goat’s Beard has been used by Indigenous Peoples as a diuretic, a poultice, and to treat blood diseases, smallpox, and sore throats. Early settlers used the aromatic stems and roots as a substitute for tropical ginger.
If you’re looking for a plant that’s beautiful, versatile, and has a rich history of medicinal and cultural significance, consider adding Aruncus dioicus to your garden today!
References https://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/ https://www.wildflower.org/plants/ http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/ Photo credit Wikipedia
General: Robust perennial herb from stout short-creeping rhizome; stems several, erect to ascending, 1-2 m tall, smooth.
Leaves: Alternate, 10-60 cm long, long-stalked, the lower leaves usually three times compound, the leaflets egg-shaped to narrowly oblong, sharply double-toothed and pointed, 3-15 cm long, the upper leaves smaller and less compounded; green and usually smooth above, hairy and paler below.
Flowers: Inflorescence a large, elongated, terminal panicle with numerous spike-like branches of tiny, short-stalked flowers; male and female flowers on separate plants; corollas white, the petals 5, oblong to egg-shaped, about 1 mm long; calyces 5-toothed, the teeth shorter than the petals; ovaries superior; pistils 3 (4 or 5) in female flowers; stamens 15 to 30 in male flowers.
Fruits: Follicles, bent back, more or less cylindric, somewhat leathery, straw-coloured, smooth, about 3 mm long; seeds 2 to 4 per follicle, about 2 mm long.