Cotton-grass (Common) Eriophorum angustifolium

Best Time to See

Fluffy, cotton-like flower and seed heads give this distinctive plant its name. However, as a member of the sedge family, its technically not a grass at all.


Common in bogs throughout the UK.


Wet moorland and bogs.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to June.

Did you know

The fluffy white fronds of common cottongrass were once used as pillow stuffing in Suffolk. In Scotland they used them to dress wounds during First World War.

County flower of Manchester.

The white plumes of cotton-grass are a familiar sight in wet hollows on the moors above the city. They are an emblem both of their boggy habitat and of the wide open spaces.