Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Goat’s beard

Aruncus dioicus

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of Himalayan knotweed, Bohemian knotweed, Japanese knotweed, Giant knotweed

Goat’s beard is an herbaceous perennial that grows to 2 m tall and is known for its feathery masses of cream to white flowers. This native plant is shade-tolerant and prefers moist soil. Goat’s beard can be grown in full sun only if consistently watered but thrives best in part shade or deep shade. In the fall, the foliage turns yellow, adding some seasonal interest to the landscape. Superficially this species resembles Astilbe.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions