goatsbeard


goatsbeard
/gohts"beard'/, n.
1. any of several composite plants of the genus Tragopogon, esp. T. pratensis, having yellow flower heads.
2. a plant, Aruncus dioicus, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and long, slender spikes of small white flowers.
[1570-80; GOAT + -'s1 + BEARD]

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▪ Aruncus dioicus
      (species Aruncus dioicus or A. sylvester), herbaceous perennial plant, of the rose family (Rosaceae), native to the North Temperate Zone. It occurs most commonly in rich woods, especially in mountainous regions. The plant grows 1.2 to 1.8 m (4 to 6 feet) tall and has pinnately compound (i.e., feather-formed) leaves up to 50 cm (20 inches) long. Eight to 10 small, stalkless, white flowers are borne on leafless branches 10–25 cm (4–10 inches) long. It is often cultivated as a border plant.

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