These perennials resemble astilbe, with slowly spreading clumps of finely divided leaves topped in summer by branching plumes of tiny white or cream flowers. Good in perennial borders or at edge of woodland. Needs moist, rich soil. Slow to establish. Deer resistant.
- Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
- Native to Korea.
- Deep green, finely divided leaves make a mound about 1 feet tall and wide.
- White flower plumes reach 16 inches high.
- Useful in rock garden, as edging, for small-scale ground cover.
aruncus dioicus(Aruncus sylvestris)
- Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
- Native to the mountainous south.
- Grows to 6-7 feet tall, 4 feet wide, with foamy plumes of white flowers in 20 inches., much-branched clusters.
- Kneiffii is half the size of the species, with more finely divided leaves.
- Child of Two Worlds ('Zweiweltenkind') grows to 5 feet tall, with gracefully drooping flower clusters.
- Misty Lace grows 1 feet tall and 2 feet wide and has greater heat tolerance and late spring flowers.