Aruncus Sylvestris (L.) [wild]
- coarsely serrated with teeth pointing towards the base.
Goatsbeard, wild astilbe
This native shrub has sadly been overlooked
for its usefulness as a hedging plant and a plant adaptable to
wet shaded areas. It has masses of strong erect plumes of tiny milk-white
flowers in June to the end of July. The foliage is of dense coarsely
serrated symmetrically opposing leaves on a single stem. [paripinnatus]
Aruncus can be shaped to maintain the desired
height and breadth or left to become a dense pest free shrub
reaching 5 feet in height and outwards to 6 or 8 feet. The long
pliable stems with fern-like leaves are often used by floraculturists
as backing for flower arrangements. With no winter protection
the Aruncus can easily survive zone 2 winters.