Flower of the Day: Goatsbeard

Aruncus dioicus; Rosaceae (rose family)

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According to one expert from the Maryland Native Plant Society, goatsbeard grows in the coastal plain and is rare in the piedmont, so I’m a little tickled that I found it near Cabin John Creek.  It can grow up to six feet tall, and likes wet soils.  The plants I found were growing right out of a steep hillside next to the water.

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Goatsbeard is one of the few native perennials showy enough to be a common garden plant.  You can find cultivars for sale at any decent plant nursery.

extreme closeup:

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