Another Perfect Plant: Aruncus x ‘Misty lace’
“Misty”, “frothy”, and “feathery” are all words that come to mind when admiring the dreamy inflorescences of Aruncus, a genus known by the common name of goatbeard or bride’s feathers.
Aruncus x ‘Misty Lace’ is a hybrid between Aruncus aethusifolius and the native A. dioicus. Aruncus dioicus can be seen growing in forests, moist meadows and riparian areas throughout Washington state and many parts of North America. Goatsbeard thrives in partial to full shade with consistent water, and combines well with other woodland plants. While our native goatsbeard can get up to four to six feet tall and wide, ‘Misty Lace’ tops out at about two feet tall and wide.
Misty Lace goatsbeard is a fine-textured plant in many respects; from the astilbe-like pinnately compound leaves, to the elongate panicles of tiny white flowers that come out in spring through early summer. This plant’s soft, airy quality is maximized when planted in large swaths.