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Hare's-tail Cotton-grass

Eriophorum vaginatum

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. 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.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Other Names:
Sheathed Cottonsedge, Tussock Cotton-grass.
Habitats:
Bogs, grassland, marshes, moorland, swamps, wetland.