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The goat’s beard plant (Aruncus dioicus) is a pretty plant with an unfortunate name. It is related to other common perennials we grow in the garden, such the spirea shrub and meadowsweet. Its appearance is similar to the elegant astilbe. A member of the rose family, it is obvious how it came by the name of goat’s beard plant, but the name does not describe its beauty. Goat’s beard plant was around during Roman days and earned the name of Aruncus goat’s beard. It was named by Pliny during that era. It is also native to Japan and North America. As with many native plants, it is easy to learn how to care for goat’s beard.