Bride's feathers, Goat's beard
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
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.
Image Gallery: 7 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Male plants have showier flowers.
, DC Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution: PA
south to NC, AL,
& AR Native Habitat:
Damp, fertile woods, mountainous areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
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: