Flowers: very small; clustered in compound umbels with finely divided bracts underneath. Leaves: compound; the divisions fine and threadlike. Stem: varying greatly in height; branching; smooth.
To thrive well this plant is one that requires the constant washing of its roots with water. We find it by running streams, in wet meadows, and sometimes in brackish marshes. The flowers are fluffy and pretty; but that the bishops would ever agree to the supposed likeness between the bracts and their caps is greatly to be doubted.