DWARF GOATSBEARD Aruncus
Goatsbeard displays soft creamy-white plumes and attractive fern-like foliage! This is a dwraf form, growing only 12-18" tall, and is ideal for smaller gardens! Plants form tidy clumps that slowly grow larger each year, becoming more and more impressive. These plants are extremely easy to care for. We have been growing giant Goatsbeard for many years, and have never needed to water it or pamper it, and it is dense enough to crowd out weeds below. Every year, without fail, it produces masses of flowers. Even as they flowers fade, the dried flowers turn a bronze and retain their form, creating a brilliant ornamental well through winter.
Type: Hardy perennial
Location: or part sun
Hardiness zones: 3-9, possibly zone 2.
Bloom time: Early summer white plumes, then turning bronze and lasting into winter.
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds benefit from a period of moist cold to help them begin to grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container at room temperature for 2 weeks (they will not grow yet), and then place them in a refrigerator for 6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container back at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout several weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period. They require some patience, but are well worth the effort!