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What is the normal growth process for a goatsbeard planted in the springtime?

I planted a goatsbeard in the spring, and it hasn't done anything. It is in a woodland, but not in deep shade. I don't think it's grown more than an inch or two. The leaves look healthy. Is this normal?
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It's not at all uncommon for perennials to sit and seemingly do little the first year they're planted. The old adage "The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, and the third year it leaps" is true for many perennial species (despite how annoying it seems to impatient gardeners!). If your goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) looks healthy, I'd be patient and see what it does next year. You should find that it will do more. To help your goatsbeard along, top-dress the soil around the plant with organic matter and mulch. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

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