Aruncus dioicus (Walt.) Fern.

Aruncus dioicus plant

Family - Rosaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Aruncus dioicus leaf

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Aruncus dioicus flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Bluffs, wooded slopes, rocky and moist woodlands, ravines.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive species can be found in the southeastern half of Missouri but is mostly absent from the bootheel. The plant is easy to identify because of its big sprays of whitish flowers that quickly become tan when drying. The large, compound leaves are also diagnostic.
Aruncus was used by natives as a tea to reduce bleeding after childbirth. The same tea was also used as a soak for tired, swollen feet. Steyermark reported that the plant grows well from seed and does well in a garden setting. It would make a striking cultivated plant.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 6-11-04.


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