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.)