Goat's Beard grows in moist, open woods, meadows and along streams; mostly in coastal areas. It is a tall (3-5') plant with a reddish stem. The leaves are compound and sharply toothed with serrated edges. The cream-colored flowers are tiny and grow on long branched spikes above the leaves.
The genus Aruncus is from the Greek aryngos which means goats beard and refers to the large, fluffy, white flower clusters.