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Hare's-tail Cotton-grass

Eriophorum vaginatum

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Cyperaceae (Sedge)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, grassland, marshes, moorland, swamps, wetland.

Flower:
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White, no petals
 
Fluffy white flowers resembling balls of cotton wool which give the plant its name. Each plant bears a single flower emanating from the top of the stem, unlike Common Cotton-grass which has a multiple flowers emerging from the side 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:
A brown seed called an achene, up to 3mm long.
Leaves:
Thin and spiky dark green grass-like leaves, growing up from around the base of the plant.
Other Names:
Sheathed Cottonsedge, Tussock Cotton-grass.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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