goatsbeard ‘Horatio’

Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (goatsbeard ‘Horatio’). This member of the Rosaceae is actually a hybrid between an Asiatic Aruncus (A. aesthusifolius, 10-16 inches tall) and the Midwestern native Aruncus (A. dioicus, 4-6 feet tall). German nursery grower Ernst Pagels hybridized these two species in order to create an intermediate height plant that grows to 2-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

Adaptable for growth in USDA Zones 4-7, Aruncus ‘Horatio’ does well in the organic soils and partial shade of open woodland-like gardens and makes a particularly impressive display when planted in mass.The tiny, cream-white flowers of Aruncus ‘Horatio’ appear on astible-like panicles from June to July on bronze stems. The green fern-like bi-pinnate compound leaves create an amazing soft textured backdrop to the flowers, and turn a bright red in the fall. Flowers attract a number of moths and butterflies, and Aruncus ‘Horatio’ can play host to the larvae of the dusky azure butterfly (Celastrina nigra).

Botanical Name Aruncus ‘Horatio’
Common Name goatsbeard ‘Horatio’
Family Rosaceae
USDA Zone 4 to 7
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall, Winter
Height and Spread
2-3ft x 1.5-2.5ft (60-90cm x 45-75cm)
Flower Color Creamy White
Attracts Wildlife Pollinators
Additional Information
Hybrid between Aruncus aesthusifolius (Korea) and Aruncus dioicus (North America, Western and Central Europe, Southern Russia and Caucasus). Compact grower.
Location in Lurie Garden
North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate