Goat's beard (Aruncus dioicus) is a flowering perennial plant native to North America, Europe, and Asia. It is also called Bride's Feathers, American goat's rue, and wild spirea. The plant grows up to 6 feet tall and has large, creamy white, feathery plumes that bloom in late spring to early summer. The foliage of the plant is green and has a fern-like appearance. Goat's beard prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade. It is commonly used as a border plant or in woodland gardens. Some varieties of goat's beard are also used for medicinal purposes.
How grow Goats Beard?
- Choose a planting location: Goat's beard prefers partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soil. It can tolerate some sun but will need more moisture in those areas.
- Prepare the soil: The ground should be loose with organic matter such as compost.
- Plant the root divisions: You can plant root divisions in spring or fall. Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the root division, and place the root division in the hole. Cover the roots with soil and gently tamp them down.
- Water the plant thoroughly after planting and keep the soil moist throughout the growing season.
- Mulch the plant: Mulch around the base with a layer of organic material of your choice. This will help ensure moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth.
- Fertilize the plant: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth.
- Care for the plant: Deadhead the spent blooms to produce more blooms and cut back the foliage in late fall. Protect the plant from strong winds and provide support if needed.
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Following these guidelines, you can successfully grow a goat beard in your garden.