The plant that we call goatsbeard is known by many other names, including wild beards and barba de capra. It grows amid our gardens, waiting to be discovered for its many benefits.
What is Goatsbeard and where does it come from
Goatsbeard is an herbaceous flowering plant that is native to North America. It is a member of the sunflower family and was once used by the native Americans to make medicinal tea.
What are the benefits of planting Goatsbeard in your garden?
One of the benefits of planting Goatsbeard in your garden is that it is a drought-tolerant plant. This means that it can survive in dry conditions, making it a good choice for gardens in areas that experience drought. Goatsbeard also attracts bees and butterflies, making it a great choice for gardens that are designed to attract wildlife.
How to plant Goatsbeard
1. Choose a sunny spot in your garden for your Goatsbeard plants.
2. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the pot your plant is in and just as deep.
3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and place it in the hole you dug.
4. Fill in the hole around the plant with soil, making sure to pack it down firmly.
5. Water the plant well.
When to plant Goatsbeard
Goatsbeard can be planted at any time during the year. Early spring is preferred, after some cool weather. The soil should be warm enough to plant the Goatsbeard seeds. Seeds can germinate in 5-7 days at room temperature or some extra heat (eg. by placing them underneath a lamp). If you start with seedlings, make sure to transplant them into the garden before summer is too hot for their young roots. Goatsbeard doesn’t like very dry conditions; they prefer moist rich soil and will not tolerate standing water – neither in the rain nor irrigation puddles that stay around for months on end. A weed cover (eg straw) added to the bottom of your trenches will help keep the soil moist longer while allowing oxygen to reach the Goatsbeard.
How to care for Goatsbeard plants
1. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Goatsbeard plants like well-drained soil.
2. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer once a month.
3. Prune the plants back after flowering to keep them looking tidy.
What pests or diseases can affect Goatsbeard plants
Goatsbeard is a hearty plant that is not typically affected by pests or diseases. However, there are a few things to watch out for. Aphids and spider mites can occasionally cause problems, as can powdery mildew. If you see any signs of pests or diseases, take action immediately to treat the problem.
Goatsbeard is a great plant to have in your garden because it is both beautiful and beneficial. It attracts bees and other pollinators, helps improve soil quality, and can be used as a natural fertilizer. If you are looking for an easy-to-maintain plant that will help make your garden more beautiful and productive, goatsbeard is a great choice!