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ARUNCUS dioicus 'Child of Two Worlds'

Image of Aruncus dioicus 'Child of Two Worlds' ('Zweiweltenkind')

Mark A. Miller



Botanical Name

ARUNCUS dioicus 'Child of Two Worlds' ('('Zweiweltenkind')')

Plant Common Name

Child of Two Worlds Goat's Beard, Goat's Beard

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General Description

A shorter, sturdier mound of ferny leaves and tall white plumes make Child of Two Worlds goat's beard a lovely accent plant that doesn't require staking. It is an upright perennial of woodlands from circumboreal regions-- native to eastern North America as well as Europe and across Siberia into eastern Asia.

The mid- to dark green leaves are large, and made up of many small oval leaflets that have teeth on their edges. Collectively they produce a lovely fern-like texture. In early and midsummer, stems reach above the leaves and produce creamy white male-gendered flowers or more dropping greenish white female flowers. Goat's beard is dioecious, meaning plants are either male or female in gender. In general, the male plants produce much showier plumes of flowers.

Grow 'Child of Two Worlds' in average to moist soils in partial sun to full shade. In warmer summer regions, soils require more water when plants are growing; in cool summer areas full sun exposures are possible. Use it in a woodland border or garden, especially in regions that endure winds in the growing season. In masses it is spectacular in bloom along a stream or pond shoreline. The flowers are great cut fresh or dried and used in arrangements.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage


  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing