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Eriophorum gracile - Roth.

Common Name Cotton Grass, Slender cottongrass
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rare and local in wet acid bogs[17].
Range Central and northern Europe, including Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Eriophorum gracile Cotton Grass, Slender cottongrass


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eriophorum gracile is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young stem bases - raw or cooked[172]. Root - raw or cooked. The blackish covering should be removed[172].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Paper;  Stuffing;  Tinder;  Wick.

The cottony seed hairs are used to make candle wicks[172]. They are also used for stuffing pillows, paper making etc and as a tinder[172].

Cultivation details

Requires boggy conditions or a pond margin and an acid soil[1, 162]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Quite invasive.

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in spring in a moist soil in light shade. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 6 weeks at 15°c[200]. If the seed is in short supply it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. Place the pots in a try of water to keep the compost moist. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, the divisions can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cirsium eriophorumWooly Thistle20
Eriophorum angustifoliumCotton Grass, Tall cottongrass21

 

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