Aruncus aethusifolius ❤️

(Goat's Beard)

Rating: 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

Light: ☀️⛅

Deer resistant: yes 🦌

Moisture: prefers moist soil

Size: 8” H x 12” W

Bloom: dwarf Astilbe-like plumes of creamy white flowers in late June-early July

Garden zone: 3

Aruncus aethusifolius is an adorable miniature version of its larger cousin Aruncus dioicus, forming compact little mounds of dense, tiny foliage. Like its larger cousin, it sports deeply cut, Astilbe-like leaves, only much, much tinier. It blooms in early summer with dwarf Astilbe-like plumes of creamy white flowers. It is an ideal front of the border plant, with no bad habits, as long as it is kept moist. It will self-sow freely providing true-to-form babies to transplant or give away. If you don’t want them, they are easily removed. Unlike its larger cousin, deer have not bothered Aruncus aethusifolius in our garden. This little plant is a real gem.