One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sedge which typically grows on wet moorlands in the northern hemisphere, producing tufts of long white silky hairs which aid in the dispersal of the seeds.
Genus "Eriophorum", family "Cyperaceae"Also called bog cotton
- ‘On one side of the water is a wide plain, speckled white with Arctic cotton grass.’
- ‘She said that blanket bog was a layer of peat over wet rolling ground, which was usually home to plants like cotton grass and heather.’
- ‘Bog asphodels and a circle of cotton grass brightened the rushes.’
- ‘It became a Site of Special Scientific Interest ten years ago, and important plant species are birdseye primrose and the broadleaved cotton grass.’
- ‘Once the right amount of sheep are grazing, we will soon see a transformation from a landscape that has been nibbled smooth to a glorious flowering of bushy purple heather, with cotton grass swaying in the wind.’
- ‘The surrounding land drops down close to 2,500 feet, and possesses all the flora and fauna you'd expect from an Appalachian mountain range - mountain laurel, rhododendron, cotton grass, pine trees and all the deer you can fathom.’
- ‘There are swathes of yellow flag irises and creamy clouds of cotton grass.’
- ‘This we bypassed and after a pasture with cotton grass and a few little streams, we were walking a buttercup meadow back into sunny Burtersett.’
- ‘A mixture of cotton grass and charcoal made a good temporary wound cover.’
- ‘Skylarks sang over the wetlands, carnivorous butterworts were in violet flower and cotton grass fluffed up the land.’
- ‘A large owl hunted and there was an abundance of rabbits and beautiful drifts of cotton grass.’
- ‘Even cotton grass, a widespread and dominant tundra species that reproduces year after year by cloning, profits from fire.’
- ‘Hundreds of thousands of these geese come to the refuge each September to fatten up on cotton grass before heading south.’
- ‘Without bogs we would lose astonishing plants like sundews, sphagnum mosses and cotton grass.’
- ‘Most years, the herd uncannily arrives at the calving grounds just when cotton grass plants are new, tender, and loaded with nutrients - before they develop their bitter, protective poisons.’
- ‘Two species of sedges that form cottony seed masses are called cotton grass.’
- ‘As for the descent, it was fast and sweet, with acres of cotton grass and then lower down many a meadow of buttercups.’
- ‘After visiting the bog one day last September, she recorded her amazement at its variety of life: ‘The leaves have all turned and the cotton grass has gone to seed.’’
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