This is a post for Wiseacre , well almost .. since we still haven't dived into our astilbe photo contest yet .. I wonder if he remembers the challenge ? .. in any case .. this is Goat's Beard Aruncus dioicus .. paired with Purple Leaf Sandcherry It doesn't look very interesting right now but once that flower head opens to the lacy white plumes .. well contrast that to the dark purple leaves here and that is a bit of an eye opener in an afternoon shade area. Yes .. this baby gets to be HUGE .. but being a woman .. I think I can master the monster ?