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Common Name: Cotton Grass
Eriophorum gracile is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
Central and northern Europe, including Britain.
Rare and local in wet acid bogs[
Requires boggy conditions or a pond margin and an acid soil[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils.
Young stem bases - raw or cooked[
Root - raw or cooked. The blackish covering should be removed[
The cottony seed hairs are used to make candle wicks[
]. They are also used for stuffing pillows, paper making etc and as a tinder[
Seed - sow in situ in spring in a moist soil in light shade. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 6 weeks at 15°c[
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.