The Goat's Beard is a hardy perennial with fern-like foliage and plumes of creamy white flowers that bloom in summer. It enjoys damp conditions and is therefore a wonderful choice for a bog garden. This plant has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Foliage Colour: pale green in spring, summer and autumn
- Flower Colour: cream in summer
- Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m - 2.5m
- Max. Spread: 0.5m - 1m
- Flowering Time: summer
- Uses: bog gardens, borders, wildlife gardens
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Growing Habit: clump-forming
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Rate of Growth: max height in 2-5 years
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Moisture: poorly drained
- Soil requirements: acidic, alkaline, neutral, loamy, clay, chalky, sandy
Grows well in most damp, fertile soils in either partial shade or full sun locations.
Caring and Maintenance
After flowering cut the plant back before seedlings can develop and self-seed around the garden. Water adequately during dry periods.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.