Family, Rose. Petals, none. Sepals, 4, whitish. Leaves, pinnate, of several oblong, deeply serrate leaflets, notched at base, rounded at apex. August and September.

The color and beauty of the flower lies in the numerous feathery stamens which hang their anthers upon long, weak, white filaments.

Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

The pistils, 1 to 3, help the soft appearance of the flower-spike by tufted, plumy stigmas capping long styles. The flowers, each one small, are crowded together, much like a cat-tail in size and shape. The plant grows tall, 2 to 6 feet, with large leaves, bearing stipules also serrate, joined to the stem.

A very common and showy plant, near the coast, in marshy ground. It grows with the beach golden-rod, among sterile fronds of the royal fern, tangled with beach pea stems, its wavy, white spikes towering above them all. (See illustration, p. 88.)