Common Cotton-grass

Cotton grass

Name: Common Cotton-grass

Scientific name: Eriophorum angustifolium

Category: Grasses

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: The fluffy white heads of Common Cotton-grass dot our brown, boggy moors and heaths as if someone has thrown a giant bag of cotton wool balls across the landscape. Blowing in the breeze, they bring these isolated places to life in summer.

How to identify: The white, cottony seedheads of Common Cotton-grass are extremely distinctive, making it hard to mistake this flower when it's in fruit. It has dark green, narrow leaves and drooping flower heads.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: Despite its name, Common Cotton-grass is a member of the sedge family rather than being a grass.

Photograph credit: Tom Marshall

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