Stems: erect, bracted. Leaves: long-petioled, pinnate, three-to-seven foliolate; leaflets ovate, lanceolate, thin, acute at the apex, rounded at the base, sharply doubly serrate. Flowers: in long, slender, panicled spikes, erect or spreading

This tall, shrub-like, perennial herb is quite unmistakable, as it grows from three to ten feet high in the rich soil of the wot valleys, and bears numerous long showy plumes of closely clustered, minute, creamy flowers rising above its masses of luxuriant strongly veined foliage. Thus the Goat's Beard is both decorative and conspicuous. The tiny flowers are formed of a five-lobed calyx and five petals, and the seeds are very small and shining.

Plate XXIX

Goat's Beard (Aruncus sylvester)

Goat's Beard (Aruncus sylvester)