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Common Cotton-grass

Eriophorum angustifolium

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Cyperaceae (Cyperus)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Fluffy white flowers resembling balls of cotton wool which give the plant its name. Multiple flowers emanating from the sides of the stem, unlike the Hare's-tail Cotton-grass which has a single flower at the top of the stem. This flower grows in large patches and it's not unusual to find very distinctive white-dotted landscapes wherever this plant grows.
Fruit:
Brown seeds, or 'achenes', up to 3mm long. They are flat, 3-sided, elliptical and widest above the middle.
Leaves:
Dark green, linear leaves.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds, stems, leaves and roots are all edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bog Cotton, Common Cottonsedge, Downy Ling, Many-headed Cotton Grass, Tall Cotton Grass, Tassel Cotton Grass, Thin-scale Cotton Grass.
Habitats:
Bogs, marshes, meadows, moorland, wetland.