Goat's Beard Characteristics
Goat's Beard are low maintenance, tall perennials with showy white flowers. The foliage may die back quickly if the soils dry out. These plants appreciate part shade in the Pittsburgh climate as the warm summers may scorch the leaves. Remove spent flower spikes on males to improve the appearance of the plants, though this will not encourage additional bloom. Spent female spikes produce attractive seed plumes that can be left on the plants to prolong their interest.
There are few disease or insect issues that threaten Goat's Beard. Leaf spot is possible. Once planted, Goat's Beard may be slow to establish.