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BUCK'S-BEARD

GOATSBEARD SPIRAEA

Aruncus dioicus

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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category
category8Shrubs
category
category8Deciduous
category
category8Broadleaf
status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8cream
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
type
typeZpanicle
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZdioecious

25th June 2005, Padley Chapel, Grindleford, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Like a very tall, up to 2m, Meadowsweet. Flowers in spikes, often drooping like catkins.


30th June 2008, Beer Garden, Bridge Inn, Wennington. Photo: © RWD
White to creamish flowers clustered together in very fuzzy foam-like pipe-cleaners.


30th June 2008, Beer Garden, Bridge Inn, Wennington. Photo: © RWD
Strings of foamy flowers just like fuzzy pipe-cleaners.


1st July 2005, Eskdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The creamy white flowers are small in comparison to the long seething mass of stamens which give it the fuzzy characteristic.


30th June 2008, Beer Garden, Bridge Inn, Wennington. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flowers are spherical and quite small, like those of Dropwort. Opened flowers have five white petals that are difficult to see amidst the mass of stamens.


25th June 2005, Padley Chapel, Grindleford, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are typically Rose Family: paired in opposites apart from a single terminal leaf, and up to twice pinnate. Individual leaves are wide lanceolate with forward pointing teeth.


30th June 2008, Beer Garden, Bridge Inn, Wennington. Photo: © RWD
Leaves have prominent veins, and can have irregular teeth.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Goatsbeard [but sometimes called such by Americans].

More likely to be found in gardens than growing wild. Foamy and fuzzy white flowers similar to those of Meadowsweet. It is dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate plants.


  Aruncus dioicus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

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Aruncus
(Buck's Beard)

BUCK'S-BEARD

GOATSBEARD SPIRAEA

Aruncus dioicus

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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